Today's post is authored by Food Disparities Project Group Chair, Dania Baraka.
Most of us come from the typical suburban setting: colonial house, two car garage, the white picket fence, and of course a beautiful, lush green backyard. Backyards do a lot for a family. Come the warmer months, the backyard is the place to be. Pool parties, get-togethers, a pick-up game of soccer are all wonderful activities done in backyards. With this being said however, there is much that can be done outside of the scope of leisure time. Many people use their backyards as a means of growing fresh fruits and vegetables, alongside the occasional hydrangea. It is safe to say that most families with backyards have at one point or another put their gardening skills to the test. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a rewarding and relaxing pastime that many of us take up in the luxuries of our backyards. But what about those who really need the access fresh fruits and vegetables? Can they too, just as easily plant and grow their own food? Not necessarily.