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The Kula Urban Farm Project is the latest social enterprise conceived by Interfaith Neighbors with the intention of further bolstering the economic outlook for Asbury Park, New Jersey. It is an expansion of the Kula Café Program which is a paid training site and workplace for young adults facing significant barriers to employment, but who have the desire and willingness to create change in their lives.
The mission of the Kula Urban Farm Project is three-fold; 1) create a sustainable business model for the urban farm, 2) provide job training and educational opportunities, 3) engage the Asbury Park Westside neighborhood and build community.
Expected outcomes of the Kula Urban Farm Project are:
Provide residents with exposure to the growing urban agriculture movement and related industries
Create new employment opportunities for residents who struggle to find work through training
Revenue generation for long-term sustainability
Increased availability of affordable, fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods for urban residents living in a neighborhood that lacks accessibility to these kinds of foods
Alternative food production with profoundly less dependence on petrochemical inputs
Exposure to and development of entrepreneurial-thinking