“I’m a registered nurse, and I wanted to find out where we went wrong. Why is our community so sick? Food is where the problem is. We have no food in our community—no fresh, local food.”
Hence Dorothy Scarbrough, the woman pictured and quoted above, planted fruit trees around her hometown of Shelby, Mississippi, in the delta region. She wanted people to reach out their front door to handpick nutritious foods.
Last week I spent a day with the organization she founded, Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture (MEGA). That day Dorothy, along with FoodCorps and McLean Institute student volunteers, built raised garden beds for Shelby public schools and planter boxes to be placed outside windows at the community’s senior assisted living facility.