Grow Southeast


Who We Are

Grow Southeast is an independent initiative between the Office of Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks, The Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration, and CoAct, aimed at addressing food and economic inequities in Southeast Fort Worth.  

Steering Committee:

Charlie Blaylock | Owner | Shines Farm Stand

Carlos Walker | Owner | Akachi Ranch

Laura Miller | County Extension Agent | Texas A&M

Brenda Patton | Program Director | Blue Zones Project Fort Worth

Mashaal Atif | Material Management Planner | City of Fort Worth

Omar Harvey | Professor of Geology | Texas Christian University

James Earl | Director of Outreach | Cancer Care Services

Celina Esekawu | Farmer 

The Challenge

Many of the neighborhoods within Southeast Fort Worth lie within an identified USDA food desert. Nearly all of the restaurants are fast food, and within the 34.8 square mile area, there are just 2 grocery stores, and more than 100 convenience stores selling mostly unhealthy snacks, tobacco, and alcohol. High poverty rates, lack of economic opportunities, and lack of transportation options fuel food and job insecurity. 

Our Mission

Grow Southeast provides resources, capacity building, and support services to launch new community owned and operated urban farms in Southeast Fort Worth. Our goal is to help each farm become a successful self sufficient entity.

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”

Helen Keller


Our Goals

Improve the access and abundance of healthy food in Southeast Fort Worth.


Launch new community owned and operated farms. 

Develop and nurture connections with the communities the farm will serve. 

Develop guidelines, toolkits, and processes to assist community-based farmers.

Develop and provide support services to assist community-based farmers.


Create new business opportunities for community-based farmers.

Our Vision

Southeast Fort Worth as the renowned community for food, culture, and well-being for everyone, everywhere