From Their Backyard to Ours: A New Model for Sustainable Local Food Production?

Farmers in Vietnam. (Photo credit: Tran Thi Hoa / World Bank)

Using vegetable seeds—and gardening techniques—imported from their homeland, families in Village de l’Est, a primarily Vietnamese community in East New Orleans featured in Grist, are turning backyards and empty lots into lush gardens. They are generating income by selling the surplus produce to local restaurants, grocery stores, and at the Saturday open-air markets. Senior citizens cultivate the gardens, transplanting not only plants but also their traditions and sustainable agriculture methods to their children, grandchildren, and the community.

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