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US (MA): Roxbury’s Dudley greenhouse gives residents chance to grow their own food

A major effort is underway to tackle food insecurity in Roxbury and the surrounding neighborhoods of Boston. “When I first came here, we didn’t have that much access to fresh vegetables and fruit,” Andrea Long told WBZ-TV.

That is changing, slowly but surely. Andrea is one of the growers at the Dudley Greenhouse on Brook Avenue, a 10,000-square-foot facility right in the heart of the neighborhood. There, residents like Andrea have a chance to grow their own food.

“I enjoy when I’m making my salads or sauteeing my vegetables,” she says. “It’s a good feeling.” And there is a need in this community. Recent data show Roxbury with the highest rate of food insecurity in the city, with more than 20 percent of the residents in need.

Danielle Andrews helps run the Dudley Greenhouse for the organization The Food Project, saying they’re doing “our part in supporting both the growers and educators that already exist in this neighborhood.”


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