Many times when this happens people get so fixated on the symptom: violence, not the underlying problem: poverty. Incarcerating people won't work. Extra cops on the street won't work. We need to provide a means to lift people put of poverty. Desperate communities resort to violence. Empowered communities have better things to do.
I love the opportunity that I have had through urban farming. Things are getting ready to expand yet again. Water at the big field is going to help the hunger ministries a great deal, but how can we save these kids from the gangs? How can working with a couple of kids for a couple of hours a day counter the other twenty two they have mostly unsupervised? What about all the other kids?
I have an idea. It is big and crazy and expensive and there is no way I can see how to make it happen.
This thought came to me when I was driving the support car for the bike ride. We passed a farm for sale really close to the neighborhood we serve.
What if we could get a small farm near by...
We could have animals.
We could grow even more veggies.
We could host kids like a camp to get them off the street during the summer. They could grow food to bring back to their community. They could get experience that will help them get into college or get a good job.
I know it is crazy. I think it's so crazy it just might work. Just got to figure out how to come up with $