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Private industry, faith leaders working together to improve healthy food access

Posted Dec. 16, 2019

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Shield Engineering staff members meet with church leaders to plan a new farm that will become part of Grow Southeast.

Thanks to companies like Shield Engineering Group, fresh produce continues to become more accessible and affordable in Southeast Fort Worth.

Through a connection as a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite, Shield Engineering was inspired to provide pro bono civil design services to help Greater Mount Tabor Christian Center get its urban farm off the ground. Led by Overseer Elvis Bowman Sr., Greater Mount Tabor’s farm will be the sixth to become part of Grow Southeast, a network of farms dedicated to distributing healthy foods to the Southeast community through gardening and production.

Shield’s civil engineer design services will help Greater Mount Tabor obtain approval from the City of Fort Worth to begin farming the land. But Shield’s services won’t stop there. Shield employees will soon be volunteering to clear the land, and they’re committed to plant and harvest when the season calls for it.

Blue Zones Project spearheaded the movement in Fort Worth to allow vacant lots to be turned into urban farms. The well-being initiative continues to support Grow Southeast by serving on the network’s steering committee and by connecting farms to resources that may be available from other Blue Zones Project Approved worksites and organizations.

Individuals and businesses are always needed and welcome to support Grow Southeast farmers through volunteering or resources.

To learn more, email Blue Zones.

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