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yellow cherry tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes

homegrown tomatoes

Food deserts abound, even in a moderately-sized city like Denver. According to the USDA, “Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.” Vapid? Really? They couldn’t say “lacking”?

tomatillos

homegrown tomatillos

So how do people in these areas change things when they can’t open a grocery store to provide the goods they need? Many are beginning to start community gardens, even in Denver where the growing season is short.  If, as the Denver Post article below says, “nutrition in early childhood is the foundation for the rest of a child’s life,” then the community gardens and the dedicated daycare workers are laying the groundwork for an improved lifetime for its children.

grapes

Luscious homegrown grapes

 

Read how the daycare and community gardens are turning around lives in a Denver food desert HERE. 

 

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  1. Community gardens rock– here in Singapore, they help build a sense of togetherness, help educate children on where their food comes from and about the effect of various food groups on health. This is such a beautiful, and much-needed, initiative in Denver.

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  2. Hi KDKH – vapid … well I guess the Council could do more … can’t blame it on the stores, farmers markets etc … we can each help each other and try out new plants, or new varieties that will withstand the rigours of vapidity! Thankfully there are citizens who will go the extra mile to develop community gardens so there’s some nutritional and fresh food around … the foundation for life- that is for sure … cheers Hilary

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  3. Community gardens in a food desert is a excellent way to provide kids with nourishing food (that tastes good) and to teach them about nutrition. They create comradery in the community and a way for struggling parents to feed their children something other than fast food and Doritos. Kudos to Denver for their efforts!

    Thanks for sharing this story and participating in #WATWB. Have a lovely day and weekend!

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    • I have a home garden, but I could use the help and tutoring from more experienced gardeners could give at a community garden. A little support is good, and it feel good to feed your neighbors.

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