City Paper is not for tourists
Thanks for an excellent and groundbreaking story (“Hiding in Plain Sight,” 6/16). Instead of letting food be these kids’ downfall, why not make it their salvation? Every school should plow a corner of its athletic field to plant a garden and build a greenhouse. Let’s use food to teach biology, botany, design, construction, and cooking. Growing and selling their produce can teach kids economics and self-sufficiency by means of participating in farmers’ markets and by feeding themselves, their families, and their communities. (This might sound idealistic, but it is already happening with a program started in California by Alice Waters—the Edible Schoolyard.) Let’s help kids discover how much life there can be in their hands and a pile of dirt.