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WeSeed

Bridging the food apartheid gap one garden at a time in Raleigh, NC.

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WeSeed is a blockchain-based project working to build a tokenized co-op to give people living in food apartheids in Raleigh, North Carolina consistent access to nutritious foods.

Phase I of WeSeed is a citizen social science project that will be carried out in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a citizen social science project, the study portion of tokenization formation will be led by a social scientist and a research team that will systematically study how community members view their own food needs and resources. 
 
The research team will tap community knowledge to apply community-informed food solutions. WeSeed will partner with organizations already doing work on the ground, who have wisdom about the community. These partnerships will be key to the WeSeed research team's relationships with the community. The partnerships will be key to the WeSeed team's capacity to collect data that reflect the community's stared needs. These meaningful data will help build a robust, tokenized system around seed banking, gardening and community asset mapping. These assets include the 
  • food itself, 
  • critical relationships that give people access to food, 
  • critical infrastructure that give people access to food and 
  • rights to decide their own access to food.

This project addresses two major concerns driving regenerative finance projects: biodiversity (in locally grown fruits and vegetables) and social justice (in community-driven solutions for food sovereignty).

By Phase III, WeSeed will have built a tokenized co-op to give people living in food apartheids in Raleigh consistent access to the nutritious foods they want. . 

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Phase I of WeSeed lays the foundation for a system of growing, harvesting and purchasing locally grown foods for current and future generations.  

It is important to understand how local families and communities in Raleigh, North Carolina see their relationships to the supply of and demand for food. 

Local organizations, already doing food sovereignty work in the community will put WeSeed in touch with 5 families/meal groups for fact-finding sessions to discover the facts of each family's access to healthy food. These fact-finding meetings will be actual meals with people who live with food Insecurity. 

WeSeed will record these fact-finding sessions, transcribe the recordings and analyze the transcripts for themes about what people believe they need to meet their nutrition needs and what solutions people want for themselves.  

The findings from this phase will support the success of Phases II (strategically developed seed library of Indigenous fruits and vegetables).

Phase III (strategically planted gardens, a co-op for harvested produce and a tokenized community asset map of these gardens). 

The community asset map will be a technology application that hosts a layered Geographical Information Systems (GIS) map. Layers will show: 
  • Food needs (food and logistics) identified by families
  • Food solutions (food and logistics) identified by families 
  • Harvest timelines of existing crops (community has access to) and crops planted through this program
  • Harvest-to-market transportation 
  • Grocers and other food vendors 
  • Schools (science classes) - Data will be made available for science projects
  • Participating places of worship 
  • Participating colleges and universities 
  • Agricultural extensions 



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Anita W

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