Every Saturday morning on a non-assuming corner lot on Blodgett, across from the Metro Route 25 stop, Blodgett Urban Gardens (BUG) is giving away fresh produce. That’s right; naturally grown, organic produce is available in exchange for absolutely nothing at all or a little of your time or a nominal donation. While this may seem too good to be true, it may help to know that BUG was created to address and eradicate chronic malnutrition, dietary-related diseases and hunger through gardening and other sustainability practices. Students at Texas Southern University’s Urban Planning and Environmental Policy (UPEP) program recognized a need to educate, coordinate, and provide aid and relief to Third Ward’s residents. There is limited to no access to fresh, healthy and affordable food in the area which makes it a food desert. Not only was limited access an issue, prior to BUG rising costs often limited food choices for seniors and families in the neighborhood.
BUG takes the intimidation out of gardening by offering education to individuals interested in growing their own produce. They even have planters available for purchase to grow your own produce with the help of experts and other volunteers. Everything your family needs to have fresh food is available at the garden which is located at 3216 Blodgett and open to the public every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wake up one Saturday morning and take a stroll down Blodgett to see what it’s all about. You just may leave with a new hobby, new relationships with a few neighbors and a bag or two full of groceries.
Blodgett Urban Gardens is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated raising social consciousness on the eradication of chronic malnutrition and hunger. Join them for “BUG Out Day,” lectures and demonstrations in schools, libraries and other venues open to the public. Visit their site at www.blodgetturbangardens.org