The piece explores the Garden Gateway program, CSU’s interactive workshops designed to empower South L.A. residents with the tools and know-how to grow their own healthy food. The monthly workshops often feature cooking segments as well, to give gardeners ideas about how to use the produce they grow. The program is currently on hiatus for the summer, but will pick up again in the fall.
“Most people DO realize that Flaming Hot Cheetos are not a good meal on a daily basis, three times a day,” said Clare Fox, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator at the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC).
But making ideas, good intentions, and aspirations materialize in the form of a transformed store is not so easy. Owners and non-profit representatives I spoke with cited the challenge of procuring better produce, dealing with spoilage, finding things that were culturally relevant to the communities they serve, having the necessary equipment, having space for the new products, accessing capital, and, of course, profitability.