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An oasis in a food desert

Original post made on Apr 17, 2008

A community mobilizes to launch its own farmers market

East Palo Alto hasn't had a supermarket within its borders since the early 1970s, but it does have two McDonalds — just 1.5 miles apart. Other dots on the fast-food map are a nearby Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Express.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 17, 2008, 11:13 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by sara, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I would point out that much of the soil in EPA is highly contaminated with toxic waste and heavy metals.

I am concerned about children eating food grown in this soil as the pollutants can severely damage their developing nervous and immune systems.

Has any thought been given as how to deal with the serious problems this represents?


Posted by Jane, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 17, 2008 at 1:17 pm

I believe that some of the produce sold in the Palo Alto farmers market is grown in EPA, one of these vendors is Quail Farms there may be others.

EPA has severe environmental problems.

"The signs of a blighted environment could hardly be stronger: the Romic hazardous waste recycling facility gives off a thick white smoke and a strange chemical odor that wafts far beyond its walls"Web Link.

Is anyone testing this produce too make sure it conforms th health standards?

If not, such testing should start at once!

Posted by sara, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Romic is a 14-acre hazardous waste management facility located at the east end of Bay Road in East Palo Alto. Waste management practices dating back to the 1950s resulted in the contamination of soil and ground water below the facility.
The contaminants at Romic are volatile organic compounds, which include dry cleaning chemicals, carburetor cleaning liquids, and paint thinners.
The proposed remedy also includes soil excavation, land use restrictions limiting future property use, and a requirement for Romic to set aside financial resources to ensure the cleanup will be completed.

There seems to a plan for cleaning up one sight but it is a long way from being implemented

Posted by lucinda, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Is it possible you are all seeing trees and not the forest? Romic is a tiny plot of land in an area that has a rich history of agriculture and being in touch the land. Maybe you're secretly jealous Palo Alto doesn't have such a legacy. . .

Probably, you can't imagine why East Palo Alto's schools have better food than Palo Alto's.

Too bad.

Wake up Palo Alto! You're not the world leader you think you are.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Anyone want to discuss why EPA has no super markets?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Asked that question in the carrot thread, and got no answer. My suspicious mind wondered about crime? What's yours, Walter?

Posted by sara, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Stores are understandably reluctant to invest if the environment has such high violent crime statistics as EPA.

The idea of farmers markets for EPA is a good temporary solution as the risk to stall owners is small.

It is up to us to make EPA an attractive environment for investors, no one can do that for us and we should not expect it.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Littlemans, Safeway and Co-op were all driven out of EPA by communuity action groups and by grape boycotters, as well as a general community acceptance of getting back at "The Man".

Posted by Doris, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm

O.K. I have read all the opinions, and keeping it real I think we need to move forward and let's talk and act on how we can make living in East Palo Alto just like any other neighborhood. Let's get together and make a difference, secondly who is to say that we can't grow or can grow, look at the dates you are speaking on, Again this is 2008, time to roll up our sleeves and live! Get the picture.

Posted by Just Curious, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm

I'm just curious as to why Palo Alto Online dedicates so many of it's news articles to EPA happenings? It almost feels like this website should be called East Palo Alto Online. We border other communities but rarely hear about what's going on in their neighborhoods. Reading this article and seeing many EPA responses makes me wonder why EPA residents are on this website having their neighborhood discussions. EPA could start their own website for their own city and call it East Palo Alto Online.

Posted by Curious?, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I don't think you are "Just Curious", I think that you are "Just Mean". If many residents of Los Altos Hills were contributing to this forum, would you be raising the same question?

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