At the Urban Oasis Project, we believe that good, clean, healthy food should be accessible to all.
Urban Oasis Project prides itself in being an inclusive non-profit organization, embracing all people who support our mission regardless of religious preferences, sexual orientation, economic status, ethnicity, age, or disability. Urban Oasis experiments with all gardening and farming philosophies that do not harm the environment.
Through sowing, tending, and harvesting produce at Verde Farms, residents gain employment opportunities, agricultural education, and direct access and connection to fresh and healthy food.
Verde Farm & Market is a source of healthy food in what would otherwise be a food desert.
Through Verde Farm tours and Grow2Heal volunteer workdays, diverse members of the community share in cultivating produce for all to enjoy.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a "food desert" is an area in the United States with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly an area composed of predominantly low-income neighborhoods and communities. A G.I.V.E. Garden supplements a family or individual's diet with fresh vegetables and herbs and encourages fresh air and gardening exercise.
G.I.V.E. gardens began in April 2009 when a family living in a food desert wanted Urban Oasis to teach them how to make a food garden. The mother had a new baby on the way, the father was working long hours in retail, and the 4-year-old daughter was very excited to grow vegetables to eat. Their learning time was limited, and instead of teaching with just words and diagrams, we decided the best way to learn was by practice.
With a handful of volunteers and donated materials, the first G.I.V.E. garden was planted with a lot of hands-on learning for everyone.
Urban Oasis Project coordinates several farmers markets throughout Miami Dade County as a means to increase access to fresh and healthy food.
Our markets accept SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and doubles their value up to $20 when spent on Florida fruits and vegetables. This is made possible through Fresh Access Bucks provided by our partners at Florida Organic Growers.