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What Grows In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Harry Dodd waters collard greens at Zion Choice Neighborhood Community Garden.

It’s said that 106,000 children in southern Nevada regularly go hungry – a huge disadvantage for their physical and mental health, as well as their ability to perform well at school.

Wayne Roberts
Oct 11, 2017


To the side is Rachel Smith of Zion Choice Neighborhood Community Garden Park. Las Vegas is described as a desert, and Rachel and her husband live in the north end of Las Vegas, which is described as a food desert, devoid of proper food retailers.

The desert springs to life in this one-acre community garden. Fairly simple and accessible tools, such as 40 raised beds, can turn a desert into a growth opportunity. A community that can form partnerships with food organizations is no longer deserted, and will not remain a desert.

The community garden is on space adjoining the Zion United Methodist Church in North Las Vegas, which has 100 members. The land on which the garden is built was long seen as having no value. Work on the garden began when volunteers carted away heaps of trash, symbol of an area left to waste away.

The day after our food conference, a group of us who called ourselves the Urban Foragers began our foraging here. With Will and Rachel, we dug out a dozen large sweet potatoes for the meal we prepared together (without much help from me personally, I must admit) that night for all forage participants.

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