Where foraging isn’t a bad word
The idea of having a food forest, in a city and especially near a part of a city that’s considered a food desert, is a glorious awesome idea.
We’re constantly reminded to eat local, and eat fresh, but for some people that’s a difficult goal to achieve. If you leave in an area with few stores offering affordable fresh foods, and you don’t have a car to go to Whole Foods or the budget to shop there, you wind up eating what you can, which is rather rarely what you ought to eat.
And no, a burrito from 7-Eleven is not a vegetable.
But having a place where you can go pick fruit or find mushrooms or yank on a few carrots, in a space that’s lush and green and free of cars, whoa, imagine the impact this might have on a kid from a disadvantaged neighbourhood.
The one in Atlanta is pretty big, at seven acres, but maybe there are ways to experiment with this concept on a smaller scale?