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Healthy Rural USA

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Elizabeth Bares


Last summer myself, along with two friends, organized an outdoor dinner to raise awareness about local foods in our area. We live in a very rural, very blue collar, very poor area of New York State. I have grown very frustrated with the local/healthy eating movement. Most press and fundraising is geared toward urban areas. While this is grand, rural areas are starving, poor and eating unhealthy foods too. Rural areas have many of the same problems of poor urban areas. No access to healthy foods, but throw in lack of education, lack of population and lack of public transportation and you have a recipe of absolute desperation.
My project hopes to change all this. My project would like to keep having summer outdoor dinners, highlighting the areas farms and ranches. While raising money and awareness that not everyone has the means and education to make healthy choices.
With the funds raised I hope to produce school gardens in every district. I hope to change vacant lots into thriving community gardens. I hope to breathe life back into an area that has been in a downward spiral since I was a child. I want my neck of the woods to be a place folks want to raise kids, start a business and grow a community, although small, strong, vibrant and healthy. I would like to see this kind of change take place in every rural community.



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