Local Gardening: Connecting the Dots
GlobalResourcesNews.com has participated in the Wangari Gardens project in DC (see video to left). Located on three acres a few miles from the White House, this community garden combines private plots, open-to-the-public gardening and a newly-planted forest garden.
As the organizers mention, the surrounding neighborhood is somewhat of a food desert, meaning there are limited opportunities for people to buy fresh and healthy food at a reasonable price in their own neighborhoods.
Another way to approach local gardening and local food security issues to look at the concept of a "foodshed" in contrast to a food desert. This term refers to the collection and interconnection of local food-producing resources within a community.
In Washington, DC, a non-profit called Ecolocity has produced a Foodshed Map which locates efforts such as gardens, food co-ops and community supported agriculture drop-off zones.
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