While walking the streets of Mantua one day, we stumbled upon a situation that we didn't expect to find: an urban farm. Milcreek Farms offers fresh produce at extremely low prices to members of the community.
This is Jade Walker, one of the founders of Milcreek Farm. Jade found the vacant land at 49th & Brown streets and sought the opportunity to make a difference in her neighborhood. Milcreek Farm offers fresh produce, ranging from carrots, peppers, okra, even sweet potatoes. Jade expressed to us that what she did was important to her, because she feels that access to healthy food is a way to combat diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
“The rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease are incredibly high, to the point where it’s almost an epidemic,” said Walker. “It is completely related to the fact that there is high fructose corn syrup in all of these things that are heavily available and there isn’t fresh produce.”
What Milcreek and other urban farms do is amazing. In many inner city areas, there are a lot of places to buy food (minimarts and pizza shops), however, there aren't many places to go to find fresh, nutritional groceries or produce.