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Virginia Extension Aids Food Deserts

Food deserts are often located in low-income areas where there are no grocery stores, farmers markets, or other healthy food retailers. In Virginia, nearly 18 percent of the population lives in a food desert. To help address the issue, Extension educators trained residents—through workshops and field days—how to grow, prepare, and market fresh produce by establishing community gardens. They also worked with schools and churches to establish community gardens. Educators anticipate a minimum 25 percent increase in fruit and vegetable production and a 20 percent reduction in food costs. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.


Farm Bill Priority Areas
Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health;
Agriculture economics and rural communities
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