Bloom Where You Are Planted

?I have yet to meet a drug addict who harvests his own drugs,?
writes certified master gardner Anna Marie Carter in a recent
Yes Magazine essay. ?All this madness is imported by the
tons to this community?daily!? In addition to drug addiction, Watts
is plagued with some of the country?s highest crime and welfare
recipiency rates and is among the fastest-growing HIV-positive
populations nationwide. The citizens of Watts don?t even have
access to California-grown produce. As a result of free trade,
their staples are imported from South America and Mexico, where DDT
is commonly used. To heal the community, Carter founded the Watts
Garden Club, a nonprofit organization that teaches organic
gardening in the city?s housing projects, community centers,
schools, treatment programs, mental health facilities and shelters.
In addition, Carter plants free organic gardens for people who
suffer from many illnesses, including cancer, HIV and AIDS.
Erin Ferdinand

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