Gratuitous Growth

Food is expensive. That is nothing new or novel. It’s easy to buy sodium-plumped, preservative-filled, chemical-laden packages of foodstuffs. What about people in our midst who just want to give sustainable food to those less fortunate? Many times Slow Food enthusiasts are called to action, to rile up citizens about trying, buying, producing and selling clean, fresh, fair, local food. No money needs to change hands in order to bring those ideals to fruition:

“In blue-collar neighborhoods, grassroots volunteers… are growing increasingly concerned by the price of food and transportation. Once a household has paid the utility bills and rent… there’s less left for groceries. The easiest item to cut out is fresh fruit and vegetables – at the expense of good nutrition.

For Braswell, there is a vital connection that grows up between the land, the volunteer harvesters and the families who get the fresh produce – human contact that satisfies a deeper kind of hunger.

“So many times we struggle so much to keep our own heads above water that we don’t have time to help somebody else,” Braswell says. “It’s like, ‘You’re on your own.’

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~Nicolette Miller-Ka

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