Strengthening Faith through Action
Barakah Gardens is an initiative of Ma’ruf that recognizes that community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education. Members of Barakah Gardens work to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening in urban areas.
Facts on the Ground:
- Milwaukee has a fair share of food deserts—neighborhoods with little access to healthy, nutritious foods.
- Food assistance programs such as food share are available to families pending income restrictions, however the limited funds allotted forces families to purchase cheap, processed food in order to maximize their allotted funds.
- Currently, fresh food is too costly to sustain an average family living under the poverty line.
- Many convenience stores in inner-cities set food prices higher than the average super-market where food variety is high yet prices are significantly low.
- According to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, low-income families that live near super-markets have healthier diets than those that don’t.