imageMy name is Yeshahyah Yisrael and I was born on April 27,1998. I’m 16 years old and reside in South Oak Park in the beautiful city of Sacramento. I attend California Virtual Academy, which is a home school program. I’m a member of the Yisrael Family Urban Farm. Our mission is to transform the hood for good by using urban agriculture to empower, educate, and employ the residents in the community and surrounding communities. Anyone who wants to learn more about the Yisrael Family Urban Farm can visit our website can click here. I’m also associated with Sacramento’s Building Healthy Community Youth Leadership Team. The Sacramento’s BHC is a 10 year program by the California Endowment. The BHC employs youth to go out in neighborhoods of South Sacramento and engage its residents to transform their communities into an elegant, healthy communities.

I’m also very passionate about reviving Mother Earth. I believe every human on the planet should have a connection with Mother Earth. Mother Earth sustains the whole human race and we as human take a lot away from Mother Earth, why not give back for a change. We should be connected to our roots of working in the soil and preserving Mother Earth, not destroying her. I also believe that urban agriculture should be practiced everywhere, but more so in my city because its known as “The Farm to Fork Capital Of The World”. We are called that throughout the nation, however only 1% of the food  grown in Sacramento is actually eaten here.

There are a lot of vacant lots in my community. I think a good way to deal with that problem is urban agriculture, by taking the blighted lots and transforming them into dazzling gardens. This would benefit the neighborhoods in several ways. First, instead of going to the grocery store, a resident could walk to the community garden and get fresh, healthy fruits and veggies. Also, that will put a hole inside their grocery store bill and everyone wants to save money. Second, everyone wants to have a beautiful neighborhood and having destroyed lots just defeats the purpose. Third, the residents can get organic, non-gmo, rejuvenating produce. Inside of grocery stores, you don’t really know if your food has pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals that are poisonous to the mind, body and soul, hence the phrase “You are what you eat”. In a community garden, a resident is right there in the community, so they see the work that goes on to make their food, they can see if chemicals were used.

I also love to skateboard. To reduce my carbon footprint, I ride a skateboard. It also makes me very mobile. I can get around easily without using a car. Riding in a car produces a lot of pollution into the air. Riding a skateboard saves my parents money. They don’t have money to take me around everywhere. The only downfall is that if I fall I could seriously hurt myself.