Awhile back, before my massively long hiatus, I wrote about the lack of fresh food availability in inner-city neighborhoods across the country–specifically in my old hood in Bmore. Since then, it seems the fresh food movement has become even larger in my life than there. Living in NYC, the creative ways people get their “fresh produce” fix is amazing, from high end grocery, to “put your hours in” cooperatives, the groups you are attached to to get your fresh food is almost like some sort of VIP card into an exclusive club. And I have to say, I have gotten on the bandwagon. Soon to be a member of the Park Slope Cooperative and a stealth stalker of farmers’ markets around town.
But therein lies the rub. There are millions of NY’ers regardless of these creative ways of getting the fresh stuff, who just like my neighbors in “Bmore Careful”, lack the access to fresh produce and healthy food.
Leave it to my favorite social entreprenur and former professor, Dennis Derryck, to take the Community Supported Agriculture idea , turn it on its head, and figure out how to make it accessible and desirable to low income communities who have largely been unable to access them. And for all that work, a little reward of an article and video in a small paper called the New York Times.
Below are the links to the video:
And the article: