Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center

Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center

Wudang West was founded the summer of 2012 in the heart of Downtown Oakland, with the purpose of practicing and preserving the Daoist monastic wellness arts of Wudang Mountain, China. The Kung Food initiative is an extension of our mission to maintain the martial monk tradition, keeping it functional and

Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center

Wudang West was founded the summer of 2012 in the heart of Downtown Oakland, with the purpose of practicing and preserving the Daoist monastic wellness arts of Wudang Mountain, China. The Kung Food initiative is an extension of our mission to maintain the martial monk tradition, keeping it functional and relevant for use in our common era. We have well established roots in Oakland's food deserts, and we have firm relations with Oakland, Berkeley, and West Contra Costa County Unified School Districts. We have received our primary permaculture instruction from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage, Ukiah, and continue to consult with landscape and permaculture specialists to this day. Most importantly, we have the blessing from our local Ohlone natives to propagate the native soil and feed local families with her bounty. In this light, we are perfect for bringing this mission forward. We will measure our success by a number of factors. With regards to the movement aspect, we can measure how well the participants learn and retain the various kung fu moves, and then further apply them to the garden. As for the harvest aspect, we can measure how much food we produce and how much we can send the children home with. As for the food preparation aspect, we can measure the kid's quality of participation and how well they take on the new flavor profiles and aromas. The true benefits of this program, however, can only be discerned over time, with the overall health and wellbeing of our local families slowly improving with each meal shared. Just like growing gardens, these treasures will take time to mature, but also like gardens, the benefits are sure to multiply year after year.

About the Organization:

Wudang West was founded the summer of 2012 in the heart of Downtown Oakland, with the purpose of practicing and preserving the Daoist monastic wellness arts of Wudang Mountain, China. The Kung Food initiative is an extension of our mission to maintain the martial monk tradition, keeping it functional and relevant for use in our common era. We have well established roots in Oakland's food deserts, and we have firm relations with Oakland, Berkeley, and West Contra Costa County Unified School Districts. We have received our primary permaculture instruction from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage, Ukiah, and continue to consult with landscape and permaculture specialists to this day. Most importantly, we have the blessing from our local Ohlone natives to propagate the native soil and feed local families with her bounty. In this light, we are perfect for bringing this mission forward. We will measure our success by a number of factors. With regards to the movement aspect, we can measure how well the participants learn and retain the various kung fu moves, and then further apply them to the garden. As for the harvest aspect, we can measure how much food we produce and how much we can send the children home with. As for the food preparation aspect, we can measure the kid's quality of participation and how well they take on the new flavor profiles and aromas. The true benefits of this program, however, can only be discerned over time, with the overall health and wellbeing of our local families slowly improving with each meal shared. Just like growing gardens, these treasures will take time to mature, but also like gardens, the benefits are sure to multiply year after year.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Arkansas • Hawaii • Iowa • Oklahoma • Oregon • South Dakota • Tennessee • Utah • Washington

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Arkansas • Hawaii • Iowa • Oklahoma • Oregon • South Dakota • Tennessee • Utah • Washington

The Issue:

Many parts of Oakland, California, and other surrounding cities in the greater Bay Area, are considered food deserts. A food desert is any region where local families have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Many homes in these areas get their produce from corner shops and liquor stores leaving them with a lack of variety, quantity, and quality to choose from. With the current state of inflation and looming food shortages on the horizon, many families will be unable to keep food on the table unless they have a way to produce their own to eat, share, and trade with other families in their area.

The Solution:

In 2010, Michelle Obama launched her Let's Move initiative where she encouraged America's youth to move their bodies and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables - specifically, five servings a day. When the first lady measured those servings with fists, the idea for Kung Food was born! The Kung Food Initiative uses traditional Shaolin Long Fist movements, but applies them to the garden! Instead of a spear, we have a shovel. Instead of a sword, we have a watering wand. Kung Food is the perfect complement to the vision Michelle Obama had for our youth. The idea is to bring together Daoist landscape practices together with permaculture in our .8 acre temple property in Oakland and build a pilot plot. Our pilot plot will work concurrently with satellite school initiatives to bring Kung Food best practices, tools, and ethos into the local schools in the neighboring districts, many of which already have garden plots that are either unused or underutilized. Upon harvest, the next step is to show the children how to prepare and appreciate the food as many of the youth lack the familiarity and the palette to truly enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables they've just grown. The ultimate goal is for the children to bring the food home to their families so that they can all prepare a meal together and enjoy it as a family unit. We believe that family is the forgotten food group, and digesting a meal together helps us digest our days together. When families are healthy, communities are healthy, and the blessings only continue from there.

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