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South Dallas urban farm brings locally grown Thanksgiving meal to families in need

Just over 100 families received a Thanksgiving meal bag filled with locally grown goods from Restorative Farms and partners last weekend.

Restorative Farms takes “grassroots” to the next level.

The Dallas-based nonprofit gave away Thanksgiving baskets filled with locally grown produce and other groceries to over 100 families Nov. 21.

Restorative Farms’ mission is to “foster a vibrant and viable community-based urban farm system in South Dallas,” a community it says needs fresh food access and economic stimulation more than anything.

That was also the thinking behind last weekend’s “Thanksgiving weekend” event. Restorative Farms hosted three days worth of community, food and fundraising events, which ended with a Thanksgiving basket drive at their Hatcher Station Training Farm in South Dallas.

Clara Lang (left), 76, of Dallas, and her granddaughter Chyna Lang, 11, walk home with fresh food from Restorative Farms in Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.
Clara Lang (left), 76, of Dallas, and her granddaughter Chyna Lang, 11, walk home with fresh food from Restorative Farms in Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (Stewart F. House / Special Contributor)

Just over 100 families received a Thanksgiving meal bag filled with locally grown produce such as collard greens, herbs, spiced nuts, radishes and more, says Owen Lynch, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Farms. The turkey and other Thanksgiving staples were provided through a partnership with Whole Foods Markets.

The folks at Restorative Farms want to create a self-sustaining, professionally run urban farm system (what they call an “agrisystem”) to grow and sell local vegetables in South Dallas and provide jobs as well as farming and entrepreneurial training. Efficient, small-scale agriculture can be an integral part of local economic growth as well as environmental and health equity, they say.

“So, what’s really nice about this event for me was, the farm was there, but also the people who received the Thanksgiving packages lived within 1 mile of the farm. And so we know them,” Lynch says.

Restorative Farms’ food giveaway from this weekend is not contained to the holidays. They do this often.

Forty-two weeks a year, the organization supplies community-supported agriculture packages made up of locally grown farm goods to the people in nearby communities, sold at $10 a package.

Owen Lynch, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Farms in Dallas, shows an eggplant being grown.
Owen Lynch, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Farms in Dallas, shows an eggplant being grown.(Stewart F. House / Special Contributor)

Edward Medeles, Special Contributor. Edward Medeles is a Dallas freelance writer and former audience team intern at The Dallas Morning News.

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