It works for ice cream, why not for fresh veggies? A group of "social entrepreneurs" is working on a "kinetically powered mobile farm stand," to bring fresh food into the parts of Mattapan without easy access to more stationary food sources.
BRACE, whose directors include Boston-area architects, planners and engineers, is trying to raise $7,743 to build its pedal-powered veggie delivery system. It's working with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC) and Brookwood Community Farm, which raises organic fruits and vegetables on farms in Canton and Milton.
In a 2005 study, national research institute PolicyLink discovered that wealthy neighborhoods have three times the number of grocery stores found in low‐income neighborhoods, creating an alarming phenomenon popularly known as "food deserts." Unsurprisingly, levels of health and nutrition are drastically lower in these communities where residents must rely on convenience stores or fast food restaurants, rather than traditional grocery stores or farmers’ markets. ...
As well as providing sustenance to communities in need, the mobile farm stand aims to create a fun and educational dialogue about local agriculture and healthy eating.
We hope that by designing an eye-catching and petroleum-free stand that can visit various locations in one day according to pedestrian flow, we can help provide more consistent food access to residents and a more sustainable business model for farmers looking to sell in low-density, low-income areas.
Via Oishii Eats.