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Our August 2021 Grantee, Artistic Apothecary's founding steward kuwa jasiri is cultivating a culture of seed saving, generational healing and an impactful space for genderqueer people of heritage. This has me thinking through the intersectional approach to agriculture and our lives.



What’s the definition of Intersectional Agriculture? It’s the crossing of two (or more) issues or ideas that creates a unique and helpful perspective. The concept can apply to anything from race, gender, disability, sexuality, and more. Why does intersectionality matter when it comes to agriculture? Well, because agriculture has long been associated with one issue- food production.


1) Socially conscious farming

There are two main reasons for socially conscious farming. The first one is that we need a lot more sustainable food sources. We are running out of natural resources and we need to slow down climate change. A problem with conventional farming is that pesticides and fertilizer pollute our water supplies, leading to less fertile land, which makes farmers resort to using even more chemicals to grow enough crops for consumption. A second reason for socially conscious farming has to do with social justice: Not everyone in society has access to affordable or nutritious food sources.


2) Cultivating Community through Farming

Many people, whether they’re conscious of it or not, live in a food aphartied. These are areas without access to healthy, affordable food. There has been a lot of talk about community gardens as a solution for these issues—and they can be helpful—but there are other types of agriculture that can create real change. Intersectional agriculture (IA) creates access to healthy food for residents by centering the impacted individuals in community decision making and education, rather than thinking about them as beneficiaries. IA seeks to bring different races, classes, genders and ethnicities together on farms while offering opportunities to learn about and help run agriculture efforts themselves.


3) Applying intersectionality in your projects

Intersectionality is an important concept for every aspect of our lives as we continue to advance and fight climate change. It refers to how various aspects of our identity—race, gender, sexuality, disability status, etc.—intersect with one another to inform our social locations in society. In other words: we can’t fully understand what it means to be human without also understanding how many different facets of identity impact each person’s unique experience of living in a certain time and place.

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What is Community Supported Impact and How Does it Work?


Community Supported Impact is a way to bring people together and create sustainable positive change for our earth community. It's not just about donating to someone in need or giving to a charity, but working with others in the community to create a thriving world.


Here at 1000 Gretas, we are excited about sowing seeds of hope in our communities through this model. We can create sustainable change by supporting each other and coming together for the greater good. What better way to do this than by getting involved and making an impact?


What is community supported impact

We live in an increasingly diverse world where we need to be taking care of each other. This includes caring for our environment, culture, arts, diversity in thought, ethnicities, genders, and abilities.


We also need to take care of ourselves to help others more effectively - leading by example as we create change for future generations and ours.

Community-supported impact means small contributions from many people can make massive changes. We work together with like-minded people on common goals for eco and social justice locally and globally.


 

Where are we today?

We've only just begun! Our community is proud to support a growing number of 1000 Greta Grantees - we call them our Gretas. These humans are just like you and me in all our complexities. But, they are answering the call for a better future and taking action.

Our Gretas:

  1. Front Line Farming

  2. Perennial

  3. Climateraise

  4. Rekaivery

  5. SolMate OS

  6. Planet Green

  7. SimpleSwitch


 

Sowing seeds of hope

We believe that many of you are holding the best ideas that can change the world. When all you're lacking is the validation, funding, and resources to get your idea launched.


1000 Gretas recognizes one another as equals, co-creators of our shared future, responsible for one another's well-being. As we live in oneness with all beings and our communities, let us sow seeds of hope today that give rise to freedom tomorrow.


 

Earth community


We reach a deep understanding of our interconnectedness through community-supported impact. While our legal status shows "non-profit," We are for-profit —just a different kind.


Our profit comes when a university student submits her BRILLIANT idea to 1000 Gretas. It's the exact idea this world needs, so we AMPLIFY her voice, her concept and support her with funds, mentorship, and a community. That idea then becomes a sanctuary to millions of people through clean water, resilient neighborhoods even in the face of climate disasters, or thousands of new jobs created with exponential impact reaching families, neighborhoods, communities, and cities.

Our profit looks like the retiree that gained a new perspective on life and wondered, could their idea ACTUALLY work? It's only a thought, but a little validation goes a long way, so they share it. Our community votes their vision up because it's precisely what this world needs.


Our profit looks like oneness and our shared future. It's this interconnectedness with the universe and ALL beings, our community, our "tribe" that keeps us going. It's steeped in our diverse living intelligence and creativity. It represents the confluence of our vibrant diversities. We base diversity and our interconnectedness on the deep understanding that life and freedom are one. Our freedom as humans and members of the earth community is not separable from the freedom of the earth.




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