East Palo Altans work to fix 'food desert'
Original post made on Sep 6, 2013
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on Sep 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm
I'm a neighbor on Woodland Avenue and when I've stopped by previously and asked about the garden, the person on site said, "This is a private garden".
Please recheck your staff's attitude.
My understanding is that Collective Roots, while it grows food on a former residential site on Woodland Avenue in East Palo Alto, is not run by people who actually live East Palo Alto.
on Sep 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm
I don't agree with too many of the interviewees' comments. I live in EPA, and shop at the Farmers' Market nearly every week. It is small but very nice, with lots of organics, fruits, veggies, and herbs. Last week there was even a man selling mustard greens grown in his backyard. We ate them today - yummy! Prices are waayyy lower than the Palo Alto Sunday market. Way lower.
Mi Pueblo is a godsend. Well-stocked, large, low prices, and usually good service. I shop there several times a week. EPA is a small city. I'm not sure how many grocery stores it could support. One large one seems like plenty. I really don't think people make grocery shopping decisions based on ethnicity. Really? I do think habit is an issue.
EPA is not a 'food desert'. That is a recycled truism liberally applied to any minority community. There are much better things to write about.
on Sep 12, 2013 at 8:13 am
Dear Member: the garden at 1785 Woodland Ave is a public, community garden and it has open garden beds! I sincerely apologize if you received other information. If you are interested in joining the community garden, please stop by and let us know. In the coming months we at Collective Roots are also working with Woodland Park properties to install two community garden sites at different Woodland Park apartment complexes, so depending on where you like you may find another garden open and accessible to you that is even closer!
Dear EPA Mom: Thank you for your comments. I absolutely agree with you about the term "food desert" and never choose to use it. I discussed this in my interview with Elena as well, although it didn't come through in the written piece.