Agriculture Report – Turning Unused City Lots Into Farms

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Agriculture Report - Turning Unused City Lots Into Farms

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are spreading to unused city lots and old properties across the States. These urban farms grow crops in areas where people rarely fresh fruits and vegetables. They have the power to change what eat. They also have the power to influence troubled neighborhoods. ECO Farms is an educational, nonprofit organization in Prince George's County, Maryland. seeks to help the local community by teaching economic development, job and a healthier way of living.

The group has set up near automobile repair businesses and fast food stores in urban neighborhoods. activist Margaret Morgan Hubbard founded ECO City Farms. She says the of fresh fruits and vegetables is a health problem for children their families who live in nearby Bladensburg, Maryland.

ECO City Farms several programs, including educational activities on agriculture, food and finding jobs environmentally friendly businesses. People can also learn how to cook healthier and teach others how to prepare meals.

Recently, Philip Sidibe demonstrated cooking skills. He prepared aloco, a popular food in Cameroon, where grew up.

He and other young people not only cook their , they also grow it in a large garden next to the Woods Apartments.

Margaret Morgan Hubbard says the urban garden is an for change and the young people are its newest supporters. She young people work throughout the year helping with the farm. They not only farming food, but also making that food available to who live in the community. For VOA Learning English, I'm Laurel .



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