“Spirituality and agriculture have a deep relationship that is outlined in sacred scripture and that is practiced in weekly gatherings in worship spaces, and so I have no problem getting people to buy into this vision,” says Brown.
By Charlotte Pointing
Feb 24, 2019
A pastor in Baltimore is helping undernourished communities across the U.S. grow their own fresh vegetables.
With one in three Baltimoreons suffering from obesity, and 12 percent diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Rev. Heber Brown III knew he had to do something to help people live healthier lives. Black residents, in particular, suffer from diet-related health conditions, with 34 percent living in food deserts.
To help combat these statistics, Brown started a community garden – growing everything from squash to kale – outside his own church, Pleasant Hope Baptist. Its a move that could be life-changing for some member of the congregation; studies have revealed that by eating vegetable-rich plant-based diets, it’s possible that obesity and diabetes can be reversed.
In 2015 – after witnessing the hugely positive impact of the garden – Brown took things a step further, launching the Black Church Food Security Network.
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