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Students Help Inject Life Into Inglewood’s Food Desert with food gardens

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Urban gardens are sprouting up across the city as part of an effort to bring healthy, organic food to more LA families.

By John Cadiz Klemack
NBC Los Angeles
Nov 21, 2012

Excerpt:

There’s something sprouting in Inglewood, and it’s so simple, a 7 year old can explain it.

“We grow vegetables,” said Michee, a student at Warren Lane Elementary School.

Buritius, 8, goes a step further. “We grow seeds and soil so we can make vegetables and then we can be strong.”

Thanks to urban gardens, the students’ community has the chance to take charge of its health. Inglewood has for years been considered a food desert, or a city with little or no access to grocery stores that offer fresh, affordable, healthy foods. And that’s a disappointment that’s lead to action.

“With disappointment comes opportunity,” said Derek Steele, of the Social Justice Learning Institute, whose program dubbed 100 Seeds of Change is helping Inglewood move toward a healthier future.

“We’re working to start 100 community, school and home gardens in the city,” Steele said, adding that many residents of Inglewood have already signed on to learn how to grow vegetables in their own gardens and then share with others who take part in the program.

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