July 5, 2011
Vista Heights in Calgary Herald

The Bayside Community Center sits on the edge of Tecolote Canyon amidst a landscape of rental housing, abandoned lots and strip malls. This is Linda Vista, a destination for many immigrants. It's also the kind of low-income neighborhood that can become a food desert, for its lack of fresh produce and good grocery stores. That's one reasons why the community center wanted to build the Linda Vista Neighborhood Garden.

"It was a dump. We had containers and leftovers of everything," said Jorge Riquelme, the executive director of Bayside Community Center, as he described the plot of land where people decided to create the community garden.

Last week, Linda Vista broke ground on the Linda Vista Neighborhood Garden, with visions of it becoming a productive urban farm. It was a step toward creating an environment where low-income people could have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The other step, also taken last week, was the founding of a farmers' market on Linda Vista Road. Ultimately, community activists want the urban farm to supply the farmers' market.


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