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Urban Greenthumbs - Gardening in Underserved Communities: In the Bay Area, and particularly throughout Oakland,

In the Bay Area, and particularly throughout Oakland, a number of non-profit organizations engage local residents, providing gardening opportunities and working with them them to grow fruits and vegetables and plant trees . The work that these organizations do is important for a number of reasons. Strengthening Local Food Systems Food insecurity, in which a community lacks access to grocery stores or other sources of fresh, healthy foods, plagues many low-income, urban areas. The result is that local residents must travel long distances to find health food, which is often difficult for those who must depend on public transportation. Many residents, therefore, resort to purchasing their groceries from liquor stores and convenience stores, where the food available is primarily processed and high in fat, corn syrup, and artificial ingredients. And because many low-income Amer...

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