Big Tex Urban Farms, a flagship program of the State Fair of Texas, donated one million servings of fresh produce to the local community. Since the goal was announced in 2018, the Fair has made this goal a reality in less than four years. They donated 1,000,000 servings of produce to the South Dallas community for their neighbors in need.
Big Tex Urban Farms has grown significantly since its humble beginnings in 2016. In its early days, it consisted of 100 raised beds in a parking lot near the State Fair of Texas administration building. They were distributing food at a local farmers market on Fridays. Now it encompasses the entire Errol McKoy Greenhouse on the State Fair of Texas Midway in Fair Park. It’s here that the farms revolutionary mobile hydroponic farming systems, including a Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) system, growing media and a gutter slab system, grow everything from arugula, cucumbers , kohlrabi, microgreens, peppers, soybeans, tomatoes, and zucchini.
As part of the State Fair of Texas’ efforts to give back to South Dallas, all food produced by Big Tex Urban Farms is donated to organizations serving the surrounding communities. They include Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Institute at Juanita J. Craft Community Center, Bonton Farms, CitySquare, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church, FJV Foundation, Jubilee Park Community Center, Oak Cliff Veggie Project, Parkland Hospital, POETIC, The Bridge and TR Hoover Community Development Corporation.
Organizations collect and distribute products grown by Big Tex Urban Farms. Many of these neighborhoods are designated by the USDA as areas with limited access to fresh food. Food deserts are low-income areas with limited access to personal vehicles or public transportation and no grocery store within a mile.
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