We created this quote to highlight nutritional disparity in low-income or black and brown neighborhoods. Many of these neighborhoods lack access to fresh foods and are classified as food deserts/food insecure areas. This circumstance is due to no supermarkets being close by which offer fresh produce. Instead neighborhoods are limited to convenience stores or fast food restaurants that offer disproportionate amounts of unhealthy meal options. Many initiatives have been created to combat this food apartheid such as community gardens, markets, and opening more grocery stores in these neighborhoods.
Proper nutrition is important for overall health so it is imperative for our communities to have just as many options as more affluent and less diverse communities.
Below is a list of community gardens and other initiatives throughout the state of Texas. If you don't live in the area, please search for community gardens in your area and research what initiatives your city is taking to combat food insecurity.
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Urban Harvest - non profit that’s helping build community gardens in Houston, TX.
- The Urban Garden Initiative (TUGI) - non-profit that hopes to inspire and empower youth to achieve urban sustainability though a gardening-based educational program.
Get Moving Houston Urban Garden - vegetable gardening initiative by the city of Houston to promote urban agriculture.
- We Over Me Farms - their mission is to transform the health and well-being of under-resourced communities.
Fresh Life Organic - a farm that strives to provide agriculture assistance to urban and rural areas.
- Lettuce Live - a farm that designs & manages edible gardens for communities, families and corporations.
- Third Ward Multi-Service Center Community Garden - A community garden program started to show Houstonians how they can grow nutritious foods and give neighborhoods a chance to participate in the process.
- Westbury Community Garden - offers a unique outdoor classroom experience for students of all ages.