Community Gardens Flourish As Food Costs Increase | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Community Gardens Flourish As Food Costs Increase

Play associated audio
Waiting lists can be long for community gardens in the D.C. area.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oppositeofsuper/185528498/#/
Waiting lists can be long for community gardens in the D.C. area.

Right now, the area next to the 7-Eleven along Eastern Avenue in Silver Spring is just an empty grass lot. D.C. lies just across the road. But by the end of next week, this will be the tenth community garden in Montgomery County.

Two years ago, there were no such gardens. There are many reasons for their popularity -- but one factor being cited more and more frequently is that it can keep food costs down for families.

Ursula Sabia Sukinik, director of community gardens for the county, says one plot can produce enough for the average family of four for an entire year. Buying that much food in a grocery store is far more expensive, she adds.

"$20.41 a week. That's just basic fruits and vegetables for a family of four. A community garden -- our two hundred square foot plot is thirty dollars for the year," she says.

This garden in Silver Spring will have a cistern to provide water. And for the novice gardeners, the county does have professionals to help teach them how to grow a successful crop.

NPR

What's A Pirate's Least-Favorite Puzzle? One That Hates Arrrrs

In each pair of clues, the answer to the first clue is a word that contains the consecutive letters A-R. Drop the A-R, and the remaining letters in order will form a word that answers the second clue.
NPR

What To Do With Weird Farmers Market Vegetables

The farmer's market in July is a wondrous thing: juicy tomatoes, jewel-toned eggplants, sweet yellow corn. But then, you see greens that look like weeds, and suddenly, you feel intimidated.
NPR

Trump's Campaign Theme Song Headache? Blame Michael Jackson, Sort Of

Candidates keep getting in trouble for picking theme songs without getting approval from the artist. You can trace this back to changes in both campaigning and the way companies sell products.
NPR

Want A Taste Of Virtual Reality? Step One: Find Some Cardboard

Fancy headsets can cost between $200 and $500. But if you have a smartphone, some extra time and an empty pizza box, you can make your own.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.