With sadness we mark the passing of Darwin Kelsey, the architect of the Cuyahoga Valley Conservancy. In his honor we are rerunning from our archives the story on the Conservancy based largely on interviewing Darwin.
Story by Katie Sobiech
The policy produced by the Summit County Food Policy Coalition calls for two measurable action items:
1) eliminate food deserts in Summit County,
2) preserve farmland within Summit County.
We reported on efforts to identify and measure food deserts in our story from January 10th, 2014.
We investigated one very successful effort to preserve farm land.
Posted in Community, Education, Food
Tagged agriculture, Community, Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, Darwin Kelsey, Education, environmental health, Farmland, Food, food deserts, Gardening, Hale Farm and Village, Howe Meadow Farmer’s Markets, Local Farmers, National Park Service, Summit County, Summit County Food Policy Coalition, sustainable food, urbanization
By: Katie Sobiech
Something fresh and new is on the horizon for local, inner city communities and corner stores located in what are known as “food deserts”.
Believe it or not, food deserts do exist here in Akron.
Lack of fresh, healthy foods is an issue for many of our inner city communities. Just stop by any convenience store and you’ll see rows of candy, soda and other unhealthy items, while quality, whole foods are scarce. Akron Summit Community Action (ASCA), Let’s Grow Akron (LGA), Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) and other food-movement-minded groups and health conscious individuals have noticed this and taken action.
Some of their initiatives include the Taste it & Make it Series, Corner Store Project and Talks in the Garden. This all has brought healthy foods and education into blighted areas.
Posted in Food, Health, Sustainability
Tagged Akron, Akron-Summit Community Action, Convenience store, Food, Food desert, food deserts, Grocery store, healthy foods, LGA, United States