SIMBA/SIMSA Youth Urban Farming

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2018: $2,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2020
Grant Recipient: J. Jireh Development Corp.
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Manager:
Rev. Dr. Norman Brown
J. Jireh Development Corp.


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: crop improvement and selection
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, mentoring, networking, youth education
  • Farm Business Management: labor/employment
  • Soil Management: composting
  • Sustainable Communities: community services, employment opportunities, food hubs, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    J. Jireh Development Corp. (JJDC) is the founder of the Kimball Farms Urban Farming Program. JJDC is a local grower to a juicing company called & Juice Company. JJDC is going to teach disadvantaged youth how to establish their own  business within their community. JJDC has an inner-city youth program called SIMBA/SIMSA Circle. The SIMBA/SIMSA Circle youth will be taught how to grow and sell their produce to a business(s). This experience will be used for academic learning for the youth. Also, the youth will apply the Seven Principles of Nguzo Saba for the empowerment of their Africentric community.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Increase sustainable farming skills to disadvantaged youth through hands-on work sessions with farmers
    reinforced by urban farming within their own neighborhood.
    2. Introduce disadvantaged youth to sustainable agriculture career opportunities through meetings with farmers,
    grocers, agricultural firms, chefs, and universities.
    3. Provide disadvantaged youth with background on sustainable agriculture practices though use of the Green to
    Grow Program curriculum offered by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Share project results
    through a conference presentation held by FPC and Botanical Gardens.
    4. Give disadvantaged youth hands-on direct marketing experience by starting and participating in their own
    urban farming business.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.