Maile Auterson

Obtaining healthy food is a challenge for many families, especially those living in low-income areas.

In Springfield, a collaborative farm-to-table project is on a mission to improve access to fresh, local food for residents in the city’s Zone 1 neighborhoods.

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Springfield Community Gardens continues to expand with plans for a new plot in the city’s Zone 1 region. These gardens help bring the community together while producing food for local entities.

Alexa Poindexter, who manages the Market Garden, takes me through the rows of vegetables that it currently has to offer. The garden is one of nearly two dozen that Springfield Community Gardens has throughout Springfield. She says these plots often serve as points of contact with passersby.

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Maile Auterson says Springfield can be characterized as a food desert - or  area vapid of fresh fruits and vegetables - which poses a major problem. Auterson is president of Springfield Community Gardens. On Saturday, SCG along with Habitat for Humanity, will conduct a ground breaking ceremony for Tom Watkins Community Farm.

This farm will provide locally grown organic food and be a place for agricultural education.