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Rooted Emergence (RE) is a fiscally sponsored, BIPOC-led, land-based not-for-profit headquartered in Costa Rica with a sister location in Upstate New York. RE’s focus is addressing socio-economic disparities, the growing effects of climate change, creating food security, and reforming youth education.

We do this by providing access for inner-city youth to the natural world; programming to help improve their relationship to health; raising awareness about surviving the current climate crisis; and helping to bridge the disparities between communities.

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Rooted Emergence is a fiscally sponsored project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. EIN: 94-2524840

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Project Synopsis:

Rooted Emergence (RE) is a BIPOC-led, land-based not-for-profit headquartered in Costa Rica with a sister location in Upstate New York. RE’s focus is addressing socio-economic  disparities, the growing effects of climate change, creating food security, and reforming youth education. We do this by providing access for inner-city youth to the natural world; raising awareness about surviving the current climate crisis; and helping to bridge the disparities between communities.

 

Our aim is to have three simultaneous programs with a residential component. This includes:

 

1. Short-term educational immersions: One-day, three-day, one-week and two-week long experiences immersing young adults and children into regenerative farming and the broader relationship with food and ecology.

2. Long-term stays: 30–90-day complete immersion into community, ecology and food justice. These stays include training on regenerative farming, farm-to-table cooking, holistic lifestyle education, daily body/movement practices, and self-directed projects in service to broader community goals.

3. Volunteer and Mentorship Programs: We will offer volunteer and mentorship opportunities for those who want to learn and contribute their time in exchange for education, housing, and food.

 

Along with the programs, we will offer permanent residency for those seeking to build long-term communities. Part of our team and volunteers will reside on the land, cultivating richer communal bonds, interconnectedness, and rootedness with the land, allowing for deeper emergence to take place.

 

Areas of Focus:

Our work focuses on the intersection of community, ecology, and food justice while creating sources of livelihood for the generations to come. This includes, but not limited to the following areas:

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Our programs and activities will flow with the development of our project and will include but not limited to:

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BACKGROUND

As NYC residents, we constantly see the economic, educational, and nutritional hardships in our community. With that, we’ve emphasized our project on curriculum related to personal and planetary wellbeing. We view this as a process of internal growth, value development, and skill-building that helps young adults navigate nature and society effectively. Building a bridge between inner-city youth and the natural world can jumpstart this symbiotic process. The combination of shared work experiences, guided activities, and opportunities for personal and shared reflection will help establish communal connections that accelerate the change we want to be a part of.

 

The food production systems in place, including the slaughtering of animals, contribute to critical issues like mass deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions that are both unsustainable and unviable in the midst of our global crisis. In the recent pandemic, local BIPOC communities worldwide suffered tremendously, especially those living with scarce resources. In response, we plan to create a scalable, land-based model that involves crop growth and distribution, assisting our local communities and ecosystems back into long-term healing.

 

At the core of this mission, this project is an act of love and contribution. When plans for our future families are faced with a global climate crisis and pandemic, it’s clear we have to make some lifestyle changes. As we learned more about permaculture farming, we realized a need and desire to build a farm cooperative that shares resources and knowledge amongst each other and in surrounding communities. Leading this mission are people of color from different parts of the world, different socioeconomic statuses - all living in big cities detached from food and the land around us. We’ve had run-ins with the city streets and law, making us both appreciate the constraints of society and question its boundaries. Collectively, we’re well-versed in communication, movement, nutrition, science, and business, all equipped with the skills to run this project successfully. We not only relate to the first and second-generation immigrant, underprivileged, disconnected, diverse children, but...we were them.

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