Bonton Farms Plants Hope in the Middle of Dallas Food Desert
Residents who live in Bonton, which is one of the oldest historic black neighborhoods in Dallas, did not decide to grow their own produce out of a desire to follow a food trend. Just like hundreds of thousands of other people who live in the southern sector of one of the wealthiest cities in America, they live in a food desert.
By Courtney Gilmore
Dec 20, 2016
“We have the number one childhood poverty rate in the United States and that is unacceptable,” Babcock said. “For a city that’s as prosperous as Dallas, that’s unacceptable. That we have 40 communities that are sick and dying that don’t have food. That’s unacceptable.”
Daron began to notice the correlation between the lack of healthy food options and the high rate of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.
“I got together with some of the men in the community and we decided to plant a garden. I didn’t know anything about farming. I’m a YouTube farmer. I learned everything off of the internet,” he said.
Their first garden was started in the parking lot of an old bar.
“There was no soil, just glass and gravel. You couldn’t even get a shovel in the ground,” said Babcock. “This was a food desert. People thought we were crazy, but I thought it would be a great way to get healthy food and maybe we could even sell our produce.”