Nicole Alderman wrote:
I think for many urban poor, especially those who come from generations of urban poor, (which includes my husband and a lot of African Americans) the first step is not gardening, but teaching them what real food is.
I've been to local food banks where the produce goes unclaimed .
There was no limit-I took everything I could carry.
The other patrons asked me what I was going to do with carrots, turnips, greens and rubarbs.
I explained as best I could, but...
My sister teaches classes called " Cooking For the Family" .
Here clients are intercity poor of all races.
A charity sponsors classes on how to cook from scratch.
The idea is to teach them to save money and improve health through better eating.
I've taken her class, it's excellent.
But when she us dealing with folks who add cups of sugar to their pasta water, it's an uphill climb.