Katherine Roth Associated Press
NEW YORK: With empty lots and other unused land pockets in the Bronx, gardeners from low-income neighborhoods come together to create more than a dozen “farm centers” and coordinate their community gardens and crops.
Many years ago, some realized that their small gardens could grow enough peppers to produce fresh soups: Bronx Hot Sos, a real profit from sales in their community.
During the outbreak, the Bronx Farm Centers reaffirmed its power by producing health-promoting crops such as garlic, cabbage, and green leafy vegetables.
The trick is, how can we really be patient with the epidemic? Says Raymond Fi Fig Roa-Ray, president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition.
When the plague broke out, urban agriculture became increasingly productive. People saw that [food] The donations received were not in quantity or quality, and there was no respect for that kind of charity. ”
Agricultural centers are part of an urban gardening campaign that encourages poor neighborhoods to produce fresh food.
Areas where healthy, fresh food is scarce (both urban and rural) are called “food deserts” and are prone to diabetes and other diseases such as high blood pressure and obesity. In cities where many seem to be inseparable from deep racial and social issues, some community leaders choose terms such as “food prisons” or “food apartheid.”