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Watering the Deserts: Getting fresh food to underserved neighborhoods with Urban Oasis Project
Miami has a rich agricultural history. Even its creation myths hinge on the Pineapple Express and the famous range blossoms sent north to woo the capitalists' money south. Miami also has a deep history of exploitation of land and labor, as well as systemic racism & redlining, poverty & gentrification, hope and promise. Today we see incredibly different experiences of Miami, based on one's wealth and history. Communities of color often have less access to fresh foods through grocery stores, which is one cause of the poorer health outcomes they(we) see. Urban Oasis Project seeks to highlight these problems, advocate for change, and create some solutions through farmers markets, building gardens, Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions, and since the pandemic began, through Project Maracuya giving free produce boxes out to families in need. Meet Art Friedrich, President and Co-Founder, Ashley Varela, Project Maracuya Coordinator and Chantelle Sookram, Operations manager of Urban Oasis Project to talk about the problems and finding solutions to the local problems of hunger that support our farms and our communities.

Oct 21, 2020 12:15 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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