5.30.2011

Organic Gardening in the Third Ward 'Hood of Houston


Houston—Like many Black communities in the city, the Third Ward is paved with fast food chains, ‘inconvenient’ stores, and grocery centers offering food that contributes to the deteriorating health of its residents.


Ray Muhammad, a 28 year old member of Muhammad Mosque No. 45, is hopeful that a budding organic garden will be a beacon of light for others who think the only option they have is to partake of McDonald’s, Burger King, Timmy Chan, and even the Whataburger that is situated just across the street on Old Spanish Trail.


“Our people are killing themselves by eating from the hands of these merchants of death who are poisoning the foods we buy in these stores. We’re striving to show our people that you can grow your own and live better,” Mr. Muhammad told me in a recent interview for The Final Call, as he picks newly grown string beans.


With 31 raised beds and four compose piles, he’s growing okra, bell peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, red potatoes, egg plant, string beans, romaine lettuce, red lettuce, and soon corn. Every Sunday, mosque meeting attendees line up to purchase from his table.


Read more in an upcoming edition of The Final Call Newspaper.


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