Gonzalee Martin, the founder of GATE, shows a Farm Market employee how to total a bill during a HEAL FARM Market at McCormick Place, June 21, 2016.


HEAL financially supports several community gardens including GATE (Growth in Agriculture Through Education), a program aimed at teaching low-income youth in the food desert, urban neighborhood in 46803 zip code, how to prepare, plant, harvest, and sell produce at a farm market. GATE’s founder, Gonzalee Martin, operates a two-acre urban garden on Slataper Street in Fort Wayne, which is adjacent to a low-income housing complex. The garden welcomes multicultural collaboration and allows four local Burmese farmers to sell produce at the McCormick Place Farm Market which is also located on the Slataper property. As quoted by Mr. Martin in a HEAL video, “What I am teaching the kids, no one can ever take away from them. They will know how to produce food, they will always be able to eat something healthy, and will have experiences that will resonate with them for the rest of their lives.”


Click here for photos of some our local urban gardens.