Creation date: 2006
Sector of activity: Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing · Education
Social issue: Education (access to education and skills) · Environment and rural settings
Sustainable urban agriculture and gardens are tools used to uplift communities, improve lives, and drive advocacy for improving public health and local food policy. The DuBois Institute is a socially driven food enterprise serving low-income communities by providing garden-based learning in a marketplace (FoodLife Center) that promotes community wellness in the Wiregrass Area.
“The institute is experiencing tremendous growth and public support.” according to its CEO, Michael Jackson. “We are in the final phase of building this project using public and private financing.” Additionally, they have managed to close a very important agreement: “We have signed a letter of agreement with local school system to implement our garden-classrooms in schools.”
At Dubois Institute they are conscious that the local food market directly serving the consumer is a great opportunity to influence the habits of both families and children, bringing the community positive change, towards well-being, and providing a change to local policies.