Bronx Food Activist Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

Written by: Maritza Martinez, Fellowship Program Manager

“Everyday, Bronx activists make lemonade out of lemons” Green For All Fellow and BLK Projek founder Tanya Fields told a reporter for a recent article. She was not only referring to a recent snub from TedxManhattan, but also to the state of food access in her neighborhood. 

While billions of pounds of fresh produce arrive in the South Bronx each year, many residents still don’t have access to it.  The area serves as a distribution point for the rest of the five boroughs of New York City. But South Bronx neighborhoods don't see much of the produce that is trucked through their community. Fields and her neighbors are working together to solve the area’s food access problem—and build community resilience.  Fields’ newest venture will be to launch a weekly mobile farmers’ market to bring fresh fruits and vegetables on a biofuel bus to communities that wouldn’t otherwise see fresh produce.

Next month, Fields will gather with residents and local activists to discuss the state of food in their community and to celebrate those working to change the paradigm that creates food inequity in communities of color.  There will be music, art, great food and an opportunity to develop a positive vision for the future of neighborhoods like the South Bronx.  Anyone can be part of the discussion by attending Not Just Talk: Food in the South Bronx in person or via livestream.  Proceeds from the event will be invested in the mobile farmers’ market and will help transform the lives of families in the South Bronx.

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