At the Teak Sherman community garden in Scituate, growers are encouraged to bring known, easy-to-use crops to the food pantry. If there was a community garden in Hingham or Cohasset, I would suggest plotters grow onions, potatoes, tomatoes and squash. When will land be made available for interested growers to embrace the difficult and invigorating opportunity to turn the soil and sow seeds for those in need in the community? It seems we all can provide better food and education about healthy food, from familiar to new crops.
There is room to grow food in our neighborhoods, farms, back yards, gardens and open spaces and a demand to go beyond the same cycle to provide not just dry goods that are on the shelves.
Until we entertain a paradigm shift with new produce and healthy food, the teenagers will work hard at the farm and then head back to Quincy with a variety of ripe fruits and greens, after a week of cultivating and harvesting community service, growing beyond our confines and learning about new ideas for healthy produce.
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