Natalie is doing a post about the great lecture we travel to see last Monday at UVA. The topic... Shrinking the "Food Gap" (that is the gap in availability of nutritious and fresh food, or even just plain old food period, between individuals in lower income communities and those individuals living in middle and upper class areas). A portion of this discussion centered around "Food Deserts" large areas, usually urban, where no grocery stores or food markets exist and people are forced to travel long distances to find food. If you have to take the bus and it takes over an hour, how often can you get fresh greens and dairy home safely? If you can only carry a few bags on the bus how do you buy bulk items to save money?
Anyhoo Natalie will have more, but for now here is a link to the William Byrd House Market site and their congrats to Will Allen a man waging war on food deserts and winning! http://www.byrdhousemarket.blogspot.com/