Most of the fresh produce in the U.S. is harvested by migrant labor. Their farmworker communities often face food insecurity compounded by extreme poverty, discrimination and legal residence issues. Ironically, those who harvest our food often do not have enough food to eat.
Immokalee, Florida, a small farming town, supplies more than 2/3rds of America’s wintertime tomatoes and other crops and yet has a poverty rate of almost 45%. The economic and food access challenges of many Immokalee residents are rooted in their migrant worker status. In addition to food access challenges, the inferior quality of the cheapest or often highly processed free food, raises the risk of hidden hunger and nutrient insecurity. Caused by a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals, hidden hunger is reportedly a growing problem in the US, particularly among low- and middle-income Americans who struggle to access or afford the extra cost of essential nutrition.
The mission of Cultivate Abundance is to address the cruel irony of food insecurity among those who harvest our food. We do this by mobilizing appropriate resources to eliminate hunger and enable small-scale food production to overcome nutrient insecurity among low income, migrant farmworker communities.
- Cultivate Abundance equips and mobilizes a growing alliance of Southwest Florida gardeners (i.e., home and community gardens) to grow and harvest food for the benefit of the local farmworker population.
- We offer technical assistance to local agencies (i.e., nonprofits, congregations, schools) that extend appropriate social services to migrant workers in Immokalee, Florida, specifically through community gardening efforts as well as providing remote assistance for similar endeavors in more distant locations.
- Cultivate Abundance addresses food insecurity and other livelihood challenges in farmworker source countries in Central America and the Caribbean, and elsewhere, by offering advisory services for agencies serving communities of smallholder farmers and gardeners.