8 000 Japanese Canadians were incarcerated at Hastings Park in 1942.

 
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In JAPANESE PROBLEM, a small group intimately experiences the incarceration of Canadian citizens at Hastings Park in an immediate and affecting performance with original music.

This small-audience, site-responsive piece is engaged to premiere September 20 - 30, 2017 for the 75th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian incarceration at Hastings Park. It will go on to be the fall installation at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, and tour to the Langham Centre in Kaslo on October 7 & 8, 2017.  It will also have a short, “teaser” version included in the Powell Street Festival on August 5 & 6, 2017.

 

“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”

— NADIA Shabazz, FOUNDER

 
 

Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.

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Building A, Livestock Building, Hastings Park.  Photo: Nikkei National Museum 1994.69.3.20

Building A, Livestock Building, Hastings Park.  Photo: Nikkei National Museum 1994.69.3.20

 

Our Mission

Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.

 

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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.

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Get Involved

If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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