- Faith & Family
Knowing exactly what you are eating is in style according to “Top chef” contestant and ambassador of the “Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi: Giving Through Growing” program, Candice Kumai. The organic cuisine trend is expanding as more consumers realize the benefits of healthy eating in their every day lives.
“We are going back to our origins- planting and harvesting is what we do, it’s what we come from,” Kumai said. “You are seeing more and more people jumping on board.”
A garden in the city
The Giving Through Growing program provided the necessary grants to have a total of five gardens planted in communities that could benefit from the harvest. Liberty City was one of those selected locations. The program partnered with Urban Greenworks in selecting the community that would reap the benefits of the garden’s harvest.
“They did an incredible job,” Kumai said. “That couldn’t have been an easy decision to make, but we only want to plant where we can make an impact. We want to introduce this to people who need it the most.”
The garden, which is located at 1590 NW 54th Street, Miami FL, is now the home to peach trees, papaya and an array of spices.
“It is necessary for all communities to have a green space environment,” said Director of Corporate and External Affairs at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Leslie Bowe. “It helps educate kids with understanding where vegetables come and it can save people a lot of money.”
Those who are interested in the gardening program can go to the Urban Greenworks site www.urbangreenworks.org.
By Ju’lia Samuels