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Englewood residents may solve food desert problem for $1

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This entry was originally published by the Chicago News & Events Examiner.

Is it possible that Whole Foods Market could have some healthy competition in Englewood? According to the Chicago Sun Times, Whole Foods Market will open an 18,000-square-foot store at 63rd Street and Halsted by 2016. But with recent news on Thurs., March 20, that Englewood residents would be able to purchase any of 5,000 vacant lots for $1, they may be able to give the healthy food chain a run for its money if the lots are used to garden and stop the food desert problem.

From a business standpoint, the area may not lean towards food production jobs. But for business trendsetters, gardening is a way to help the community, save money and improve the healthy food supply all at once.

According to the National Gardening Association, 54 percent of people who garden do it to save money on grocery bills and 34 percent say the current recession encouraged them to try it out. Thirty-three million households (91 percent) have food gardens in their own homes. The average amount spent to create a garden is $70.

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