Katherine Roth Associated Press
With empty lots and other unused land in the New York Bronx District, gardeners from low-income neighborhoods have mobilized their community gardens and crops to create more than a dozen “farm centers”.
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.
At the time of the outbreak, urban agriculture had become productive. People saw that the donations that came in (food) were not enough in quantity or quality, and there was no honor in keeping that kind of charity. Says.
Agricultural centers are part of an urban gardening campaign that encourages poor neighborhoods to produce fresh food.
Areas that are less accessible to healthy, fresh food (both urban and rural) are called “food deserts,” and are more 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.”