The Hare-Dispatch had an interesting front page article today about how the The Rock Island Housing Authority has allowed land to be available to immigrants for gardening. Refugees from Nepal, Bhutan,Tanzania and Mexico among others, use this space to grow vegetables in order to become more self-sufficient. This three acre plot used to be low-income housing before it was torn down.
Go to the link to read the whole story—it is an inspiring article about people who have come here to escape oppression, not just to cash in on all the freebies.
Which brings me to my point—such as it is. Our wonderful First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her business to make sure we are eating better and getting more exercise, so why doesn’t she promote gardening in the ‘hood? The west end of Rock Island is full of poor people and empty lots, so why not convert them to gardens so the downtrodden can eat healthy homegrown vegetables, at least for a few months?
Is that racist? If so, why are immigrants from Africa enthusiastic gardeners?