26 Mar '12, 4pm

For Schoolyard Gardens, a Global Network

It’s hard to find fresh produce in San Francisco’s Hunters Point district, classified as an urban “food desert” by the Department of Agriculture because of a lack of supermarkets and an abundance of toxic soil. Many of the neighborhood’s 34,000 residents live below the poverty line, a legacy of separation from the rest of the city and the area’s history as a former naval shipyard where radiological research and ordnance testing were carried out. But like pioneers in a more gentrified setting, Jackie Fuller, a 17-year-old Hunters Point native, and her peers harvest fresh squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, and other crops year-round in a collection of raised garden beds in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood’s Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club . “We plant all the vegetables in that greenhouse first, and then we transplant it to the beds,” Ms. Fuller said as bees buzzed around the gar...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/a-global-networ...

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