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More on Ron Finley

by on May 6, 2013

More on Ron Finley

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  1. I thought this was a very compelling article that posed very reachable and reasonable solutions to the issue of urban poverty and the availability of resources to all people. I have worked at an urban garden in Chicago during the past few summers for a service component for my job- and one of the things I have noticed is how much of an impact the gardens have on the availability of fruits and vegetables to the people of the area. The article mentions the issue of too many low-income families depending on 98-cent stores and drive-throughs to even eat a meal. I love the idea of community gardens and their potential to offer alternative solutions to those without access to healthier options. It was fascinating to hear about the amount of vacant lots and space in Los Angeles, that could be converted to gardens in the future- and I’m very curious as to how much space is available in other cities in our nation- particularly Worcester.

  2. I found this article fascinating. The inability to serve healthy food to an entire country was a topic that came up in “Eating Animals” and “Food Inc.” that bothered me. While urban gardens are created on a small scale, it’s a great solution for many people! I was shocked to read in this article that so many people in South Los Angeles could not afford anything but takeout and did not even recognize eggplant. Ron Finley’s goal to educate and give more people access to local organic food is noble. I know it may not seem appetizing to eat food from a curbside garden but I am not opposed to the option as long as the food is toxin free. If it is grown locally, it is easier to know how the food is made. It is grown outside and anyone buying the food is able to see the farm. It is an interesting start to helping out those who cannot afford organic food and should spread to other cities. Worcester, for example, is very spread out and has room for urban gardens. Worcester is not as highly populated as it was during the industrial age so a lot of land is open. Perhaps this could be a less expensive source of local organic food that Holy Cross could use in the future.

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