The Good Food Bag Program and accompanying high school gardens are a food sovereignty project of the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI). The youth-led initiative offers weekly CSA (community-supported agriculture) shares and markets to West Philadelphia residents. Students from William L. Sayre High School and Paul Robeson High School for Human Services are invloved with all aspects of the gardens through planning, maintaining, and harvesting. Sayre High School features a 1/3 acre school courtyard garden and Robeson High School has multiple raised beds, and aquaponics unit, and an aeroponic unit.
Each Good Food Bag contains five pounds of fresh, delicious, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Participants can expect a root crop, a vegetable, a cooking green, a salad green, a specialty item, and a newsletter that includes highlights and food sovereignty tips. Good Food Bag members become a school garden partner, receive weekly seasonal recipes, and are invited to participate in workshops on growing and preparing healthy food. Weekly markets contain seasonal fruits and vegetables that can be purchased separately or along with a CSA share.
The Good Fod Bag program partners with the Dr. Bennett L. Johnson Jr. Sayre Health Center and the Red Cross House. These organizations serve as CSA pick-up and market locations, provide patient and client referrals, and engage with AUNI students.
AUNI CSA Nutrition Educator Eric Sherman and students prepare for Good Food Bag pick-ups at the Sayre Health Center.
* Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Good Food Bag CSA is currently limited to select Adult Senior Nutrition Program participants and high school students. We do, of course, hope to resume full Good Food Bag CSA operations and programming sometime in 2021.