Under warm, sunny skies on Saturday morning, October 22, nearly 100 volunteers gathered on San Francisco’s last working farm — Florence Fang Community Farm – To install a new advanced and much needed update of its irrigation system.
The one-acre farm sits above a working Caltrain tunnel surrounded by condominiums in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s an oasis of greenery, a lush spot in an area the USDA has dubbed a “food desert” due to its lack of healthy foods available.
With large parts of the West experiencing severe drought, the new irrigation system will be water-saving and help the farm continue its mission: to provide fresh produce and other essential foodstuffs to a diverse, underserved community.
Teddy Fang, CEO of the farm and son of the same name, told Church newsroom.
Saturday’s community service event was the first of many planned collaborations between the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in cities across North America.
Last year, the church pledged $2 million annually for three years to help fund this type of joint venture.
He said, “This is a wonderful day.” Sheikh Patrick Kerrone Seventy Presidency. “We are here from all kinds of backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures, and we are all working together to make this extraordinary park a better place. … We are looking at problems together and here we are really working on solutions and that is great symbolic, but also completely practical. And we hope there will be more this “.
Sheikh Mark A. Praguepresident of North America West and a Californian Native, added, “What has affected me is not just the community and not just the diversity of people who are here, but the diversity of what they do here. You have crops here. You’ve got chicken production. You’ve honey. You have organic farming.” I just love the way they put everything together, and it really represents this area. I couldn’t think of a better project than this to start with.”
The inaugural service project was chosen in honor of Reverend Dr. Amos C. Brown, a noted civil rights leader and pastor of the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco and friend President Russell M. Nelson.
Jay Pimentel, director of church communications for the North American West region, explained that the decision to serve at Fang’s community farm was inspired by Reverend Brown’s interest in interracial communication and cooperation. “He likes this park because it has an Asian component, it has a black component, and then also the people who live in these neighborhoods who could benefit from having a community garden.”
According to the Fang Community Farm website, the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood is approximately 37% Asian, 23% White, and 20% African American, with 20% Latino residents. The farm serves nearly 100 local families.
The hardworking volunteers who supported the service project finished the irrigation installation before noon, providing an estimated 300 hours of work.
Volunteer Rebecca Jackson commented, “I don’t think there is anything healthier for the soul than getting out in the dirt in the sun and doing it with others. It’s just sharing in that joy.”
Jonathan Butler, the second vice president of the NAACP branch in San Francisco, said the service is necessary to resolve the “division and isolation that occurs in our communities and that harms our health and well-being.”
“Love is the essence of what we do,” Butler said. “We love ourselves, and then we love each other. And this is under the umbrella of God’s love.”
Veronica Shepherd, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, described Saturday’s service as “the business of the kingdom.”
“We raise the kingdom of God,” said Shepherd. “The vision I see is that we will learn and share from each other – cultural norms, understanding cultural experiences, unpacking what we have learned about each other, the good and the bad. And then creating a new story that embraces us all for being mere human beings to be on planet earth so we can then come together Together and understand our goal. I am excited about it.”
The NAACP and The Church of Jesus Christ have been in close collaboration for nearly five years. The organizations met in May 2018 to A call for more civility and racial harmony in society. President Nelson spoke in National Convention NAACP in 2019.
On June 14, 2021, the First Presidency announced Education and Humanitarian Initiatives As part of an ongoing partnership between the church and the NAACP.
The initiatives were three times: First, the church pledged $2 million annually for the next three years to “encourage service, help those in need” and promote self-reliance.
Second, Latter-day Saints has committed to fund a scholarship of $1 million annually for three years, overseen by the United Negro College Fund.
Third, the church has donated $250,000 to create the Amos C. Brown Student Fellowship in Ghana – allowing students from the United States to learn more about their heritage.
In August of this year, 43 university students from the United States began a 10-day trip to Ghana as participants in the Inauguration of the Amos C. Brown Fellowship.
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