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Farmer's Market Aims to Turn Food Desert Into Food Oasis

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The newly opened McCormick Farmer's Market, at the corner of McCormick and Edsall Avenues in Fort Wayne, aims to turn a food desert into a food oasis by providing a source for fresh produce and great community interaction every Wednesday evening. 

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health are funding the project, while the produce itself comes mostly from community gardens, located at the nearby Slataper Street Urban Farm. 

Participants include teenagers from the Boys and Girls Club under the direction of Gonzalee Martin, founder of Growth in Agriculture Through Education, or GATE. He says the young volunteers are quick studies in the outdoor arts, and they're making a difference.

"It’s more than just raising vegetables," Martin says. "They’re beginning to have an appreciation for what they’re doing, because they can see the benefits of it."

Always eager to taste something new, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Martin and Community Intitiative Manager Loaine Hagerty to find out just how their new project is growing.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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