Life

Man Grows Free Food In 30 Abandoned Lots With Gardens For City’s Poorest Residents & At-Risk Bees

Millions of people live in poverty. These people struggle to make ends meet. They are starving, cold and depressed. They go to bed hungry and empty. What will happen tomorrow? Will they survive another day without food?

When was the last time you helped someone in need? A lot of people need our help, and the story of this man will sure serve as a reminder for us all. Tomorrow is never granted. Where will life take you?

Hurricane Katrina hit the country a decade ago. Sadly, some people still live with the devastating consequences. The hurricane destroyed a lot of homes. These homes were abandoned, and people couldn’t return because of the swarm of bees that have “invaded” the area.

Honey are of utmost importance for our crops, and extermination is in no way a solution.

David Young decided to do something about this. He made a sustainability garden to keep unwanted bees in the Ninth Ward.

Bees need a safe and environment friendly home and locals need food. Young decided to found Capstone Community Gardens. The volunteer-run organization gives free food to low-income earners. Volunteers support the process, and everyone is happy.

To support the entire plan, Young used 30 abandoned lots and built a garden right after the hurricane destroyed everything.

“Capstone is a small nonprofit that has taken previously blighted or vacant lots in the Lower Ninth Ward and developed them into productive gardens and orchards. Located in part of a food desert Capstone grows and provides food at no cost to those who need it. We also assist others in starting their own gardens or allow others to garden on our lots as we have space available.”

Young is a full-time volunteer and he lives in the neighborhood. His home was rebuilt twice since Katrina destroyed the area.

His garden has Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, mustard greens, kale, and cucumbers. The community gets these for free!

“If you’re low-income, if you don’t have any money, if you have no way to support yourself, that is not enough to live off of,” Amy Kraus, a volunteer, explained. “They give a small amount of food for the entire month.

So David has made sure that these gardens are all over the community and people can go harvest them at any time if they feel the need for the food — which I think is a wonderful thing.”

Everyone who had problems with bees called Capstone. Volunteers collected bees using low-suction vacuum, and later freed them in the garden.

The garden has goats and chickens. In this way, people get to eat healthy foods. Kraus and other volunteers collect the eggs and bring them to less-privileged residents “who either can’t get out of their house to get food for themselves, or they don’t have enough money.”

“I call David the Santa Claus of Food because he seriously looks like Santa Claus,” Kraus said of Young. “If we all did our part, if we all did what we could for our community, to help one another, to help the environment as much as we could, could you imagine how peaceful — how wonderful life — would be?”

Sources:
www.goodnewsnetwork.org
www.nola.com
www.capstone118.org