PURPOSES AND SCOPE The East Phillips neighborhood Urban Farming Institute primary purpose is to educate Latinos, East African and American Indian youth and their families on urban farming and sustainability to create greater access to healthy foods and healthy food practices. Tamales and Bicicletas objective for the Urban Farming Institute are the following; a) To promote and educate the community on strategies towards eating healthy foods and to promote healthier lifestyles by innovative culturally appropriate methods. b) To increase the ability to produce quality culturally appropriate foods. c) To create a sustainable system in which food is produced and distributed to the East Phillips neighborhood residents. d) To learn, exchange, document and archive cultural knowledges of indigenous growing technologies among the American Indian, Latino and East African neighborhood residents. e) To provide meaningful community leadership experiences to youth of color in the East Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis f) To create the Urban Farming Institute as a model of community based participatory action research, through organic community knowledge production and ‘bottom-up’ strategies of community socio-cultural investment g) To document and evaluate collaborative practices that shape the implementation of a community resource model of healthy lives and healthy food practices.