Food security is growing in WNC

My wife and I have lived in an over-55 retirement compound for several years and have had a garden there. This year, management demanded that she destroy her garden, and turn it into lawn. She was devastated, as she has taught people how to raise vegetables in a small space.

I came into contact with the Asheville-Buncombe Food Security Council in Asheville, which encourages edible landscaping. It is ironic that here in a retirement park the residents cannot have gardens beside their homes. My wife did set up a community garden four years ago in this park, but this does not give enough space for the 200 homes to grow their food. Anyway, we have moved out of the park to the countryside, where there is more freedom. I commend Rosetta Starr, Gordon Smith and others for the Food Security for Asheville and Buncombe County.

— Kern Stafford

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