Coalition’s Urban Agriculture Partners Team up to Make Fresh Produce Happen in Dallas Food Deserts

Kudos to our DCHS partners, The Sunny South Community Garden and GROW North Texas, whose efforts were featured in the WFAA Channel 8 broadcast report below:

DALLAS – Sunny South Community Garden is one place in the heart of South Dallas that is providing healthy food options.

“We’ve got okra. We’ve got tomatoes, we’ve got cucumbers,” Clarice Criss said.

The Garden is tucked in a neighborhood where quality fruits and vegetables are a challenge to find. “This garden is here in this community because it’s often overlooked,” she explained.

Criss is an urban farmer and an agriculture specialist. She is among a group of people working to address food challenges across southern Dallas.

“The access to the food that we have in this community right now, is not equitable to the rest of the city,” said Criss.

“If I want something to eat, my options are burgers, fried chicken, fried catfish. We don’t have access to fresh produce in this neighborhood,” she said.

Access to fresh healthy foods, and options, are what advocates are determined to make sure more families get.

Each Tuesday, there are large crowds packing the lobbies of local Women, Infants, and Children or “WIC” offices in Dallas. They are lining up to pick out and purchase produce at the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program…

…The WIC Farmers Market is a partnership with the non-profit Grow North Texas. After two years, it is now serving hundreds of families from WIC locations in either Oak Cliff or Pleasant Grove.

Susie Marshall is the executive director. “We are seeing an amazing amount of response to the program. This is the first time that this has been done in Dallas,” Marshall said.

Continue at the link below:

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas-county/wic-farmers-market-provides-healthy-options-for-families-in-food-deserts/482351184