Urban Farms Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy Will Hurt Food Supply

In addition to crop loss and apiary or bee farm destruction, farms also are dealing with pollutants that might have been washed in with the storm water. If pollutants exist, farmers will create remediation plans that could includeinoculating the soil with fungi spores, saturating the land with compost tea, or even removing it all and starting over with new top soil.

Also in the November issue, Unity Health Care’s Upper Cardozo Health Center in Columbia Heights, D.C. is partnering with Wholesome Wave, a non-profit organization that improves access and affordability of fresh, local produce to food deserts. It works with health care professionals to prescribe fruits and vegetables to their patients.

The Fruit & Veggie Prescription Program (FVRx), provides fruit and vegetable “prescriptions” to overweight and obese children, or pregnant women, and their families who are at risk of developing preventable diseases. Prescriptions are redeemed at participating farmers markets for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

SOURCE Food Nutrition & Science