DETROIT — Before I visited The Motor City, I had a visual of abandoned buildings and urban food deserts.
After I spent the day seeing stores and talking to motivated, energetic people committed to increasing fresh produce consumption, I have to admit their enthusiasm is contagious.
Maurice Walters just graduated from Erie Community College culinary school and is looking for a job.
ose Gomez was forced to retire early for a variety of health reasons, including cancer.
Despite their challenges, the two Buffalo men were happy Friday, when they became among the first in the region to experience a new program that will allow food stamp recipients like them to double their money at several farmers’ markets.
I thought it was a good idea, a good deal not to pass up,” said Walters, 32.
After a 3-year battle in the U.S. House and Senate, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) was passed on February 4, 2014, securing a bipartisan, 5-year piece of comprehensive legislation that provides a strong foundation for the food security of millions of American families, supports the livelihood of thousands of farmers, and creates a viable infrastructure for the development of sustainable local and regional food systems.