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Review for Self Sustaining Communities, San Pablo, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Recently I learned of Self-sustaining Communities (SSC), an all volunteer effort working with low-income community members to provide food in distressed neighborhoods. I toured the small plots called urban farms, where fruit, nut and olive trees, as well as vegetables are being grown. There are also beehives, rabbits and chickens in varied stages of development. The latest project is hydroponics. The founder engages people in the neighborhood surrounding each farm to become involved as a supporting community. She envisions the possibility of a sustainable neighborhood where buildings could be purchased and units could povide housing to the homeless, formerly incarecerated or other challenged individuals. In the larger community, SSC has distributed to classrooms seed packets, as well as tree saplings, which were donated by growers through solicitation. SSC is educating the community on food production, environmental issues, and recycling, using sustainable methods.

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