COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Launching Summer 2021

Constant advancements of the modern age have marked an era in which human beings have lost a large part of the knowledge and skills needed to survive. Billions of dollars are spent each year battling heart disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes; the root cause stemming from intensive over-farming that depletes the soil of proper nutrients, and heavily processed foods. Approximately 80% of the food on supermarket shelves didn’t even exist 100 years ago. More than 23 million Americans live in areas referred to as “food desserts”, meaning they are more than a mile away from a supermarket. In addition it is estimated that more than 49 million Americans experience limited availability to safe and nutritionally adequate food on a regular basis.

 

Research has shown that when children grow their own food they develop “food empathy”, summarized as a deeper connection to food that leads to a healthier lifestyle. Food empathetic children have better diets, eat more fruit and vegetables and have a better understanding of nutrition as they grow into adulthood.

It is imperative that we begin to rebuild our relationship with nature, to reconnect with the land around and find a common ground in providing for ourselves without diminishing the world around us. There is a simple magic in planting, tending, and watching something grow that cannot be taught, only experienced. In our effort to Do A Little Bit Of Good, SAHKARA will be partnering with local community farms and developmental gardening programs for children. Follow our blog for updates!

“We need to cultivate contentment with what we have. We really don’t need much. When you know this, the mind settles down. Cultivate generosity. Delight in giving. Learn to live lightly. In this way, we can begin to transform what is negative into what is positive. This is how we start to grow up.

-Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo