“Kids making a future growing fresh food”
By Beth Connors-Manke
There was a guy who kept coming back. It was three times, I think. The first time he was considering if he’d buy anything. He had 35 guys to cook for, so only the big pile of collard greens would be in his ballpark. But it didn’t seem like he’d cooked greens before so they didn’t tempt him. As for the okra, green beans, mint, and potatoes, there weren’t enough on the table for that size dinner. (The entire lot of tomatoes had sold out to a neighbor up the street.) He walked away.
A few minutes later he was back. This time he just wanted to give a donation to the kids and ask more questions. What were they doing? How did it work?
This was a Saturday morning, there was a table full of just-harvested vegetables, but this wasn’t the Farmer’s Market downtown. This was 7th and Elm Tree, right next to the East 7th Street Center, the home of Kids Cafe. The growers and sellers were a group of young northside do-it-yourselfers, part of the S.E.E.D.S. program.