Michigan State University professors, students, volunteers from AmeriCorps, and Lansing residents are rolling up their sleeves and doing some urban farming on South Hayford Street, which is located in one of Lansing’s “food deserts.” MSU academic specialist/visiting assistant professor Laura DeLind and professor emeritus of teacher education Linda Anderson started the urban farm in order to teach residents how to grow produce and increase the neighborhood’s access to healthy food, as reported by MSU.
Anderson explains that a “food desert” is “primarily in a neighborhood where people have limited incomes, there’s no easy access to places to buy healthy food like fresh fruits and vegetables, unless you have transportation and many low income families don’t have easy transportation. Therefore their sources of food are often fast food restaurants, liquor stores, corner grocery stores--not a lot of fresh produce,” as reported by MLIVE.
DeLind and Anderson talked about Urbandale Farm with 760 WJR’s Kirk Heinze on his radio show "Greening of the Great Lakes." The interview will air this Friday, June 11 at 7 pm and it is already posted online.
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