Mandela MarketPlace is coordinating several community-driven initiatives in the Ashland Cherryland area and tri-cities to further efforts around food security, health, and economic vibrancy in low-income communities of color. Learn more about them below:

The Ashland Cherryland Food Policy Council (ACFPC) advises local government on policy efforts that will help create a secure food system and a vibrant agricultural “green” community in the Ashland Cherryland community. ACFPC helps prioritize local plans involving land access, land use for growing and harvesting of food, community greening, urban farms, street vending, farmers markets and efforts contributing to local sustainability.



To learn more about The AC Food Policy Council please read the 2013 Food Policy Platform 

or visit www.acfpc.org


Applications are still being accepted for membership.

The goal of the Ashland Cherryland Urban Greening Master Plan Project is to improve the sustainability and livability of the unincorporated communities of Ashland and Cherryland. This initiative was catalyzed by a group of residents that wanted to take action to address community disparities by designating Ashland Cherryland as a “green district.” With only 1 park per 1,000 residents compared to standard of 10 acres per 1,000 residents, The Urban Master Greening plan will inform the currently active Eden Area Livability Initiative process (EALI*), by creating a chance to add greening and environment projects to housing and health planning. Mandela MarketPlace lead efforts to facilitate the creation of a resident-informed and led Master Plan for a healthy green community.

To read the Ashland Cherryland

Public Urban Greening Master Plan Draft