Discerning Eye Community Agriculture(DECA)

DECA is a 501(c)3 whose mission is: to Create Wellness and Abundance in Our Communities Through The Collective Acts of Gardening and Farming.

Team Members

Hawa Lassanah, Owner

The Problem

Food Justice is our first focus at Discerning Eye Community Agriculture. It is our position that access to “greenspace” for growing nutrient-dense food is a privilege to an urban dweller consequently leaving many city residents excluded from participation and subjected to fluctuating prices and uncertain accessibility to fresh food. Due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, an additional 50 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 17 million children nationwide. DECA advocates for the agency for these communities by creating access to hyper-local urban farming and food production opportunities. We create a new collective model for doing business, a new local economy, and in the process fortify the physical, mental and social health of a city’s residents.

The Solution

DECA is a hybrid enterprise whose mission is to create wellness and abundance in our communities through the collective acts of gardening and farming, creating communal agency in the industry of Fresh Food. DECA achieves these goals through a market-driven approach. A conglomerate of 3 sister companies, Backyard Farming Cooperative, DECA City Provisions, and DECA City Farms, focuses our goals on 3 aspects of the fresh food industry: creating access to growing space, facilitating urban micro-farming and sales, and making space for hyper-local value-added food production and sales. The non-profit organization, Discerning Eye Community Agriculture, centers our focus on environmental stewardship through community activism.

What makes us the right fit?

Throughout my life as an instructor, community leader, and creative confidante, my mission and strength have been to help others remove self or otherwise imposed mental and physical blocks in order to achieve their desired goals. “Inspire” and “Motivation” are two words that drive my mission to create agency for myself and for those around me. My skills lie in my ability to assess patterns of thought and action in order to co-create unique and positive outcomes. Through an ever-increasing capacity to achieve my own goals, I create clear pathways for others to achieve as well.