Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ending An Urban Food Desert

Another food desert (urban region with little or no fresh fruits or vegetables available to the surrounding community) and empty lots wasting away with weeds, sick children--possibly from unhealthy environmental conditions, and a single mother reliant on food stamps, created an activist who busted locks on gates to the empty lots so that the neighborhood could grow fresh produce.

The BLK ProjecK was the result of what the founder defines as, "... to address food justice, public & mental health issues as they specifically relate to under-served women of color through culturally relevant education, beautification of public spaces, urban gardening and community programming," as told to Grist.

Besides urban gardening, the program introduced "Holistic Hood.. a program that utilizes yoga, meditative breathing, chanting and other homeopathic practices or programming as coping mechanisms for women in under served neighborhoods. Many women of color in these types of communities have no control over the amount of stress that they encounter in their day to day lives such as single parent or single income homes, working while continuing their schooling, relationship issues and incarcerated family members. These are just a few of the issues women in the South Bronx and neighbors like it across the country deal with."

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