The Sweet Potato Project is a program offered by the North Area Community Development Corporation (NACDC), a 501 (c-3) organization. In the summer of 2012, NACDC introduced the Sweet Potato Project. Journalist and community activist, Sylvester Brown, Jr. was the visionary behind the project that was founded to address two significant needs: (1) young men and women in North St. Louis need an opportunity to earn money and gain job training through dignified work; and (2) many neighborhoods in North St. Louis need to become a more safe, economically reliant and self-sustainable.
The Sweet Potato Project offers solutions to these two needs.
The project was designed to promote urban farming, basic business skills, healthy behaviors, and healthy choices among youth in low-income communities. This food-based collaborative is designed to teach youth that there are indeed healthy, productive and legal ways to generate income in their own communities.
Inspiring, motivating and training youth is one part of the Sweet Potato Project. The young men and women in North St. Louis are becoming the pioneers of a massive urban agriculture-based development effort in our region. This movement has the potential to increase economic activity and transform disadvantaged neighborhoods into communities with stability, jobs and small businesses.