Wednesday, June 16

BACKYARD GARDENING MAKING A COMEBACK IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA

Frank Simpson and Dorothy Gradey-Scarbrough in Dorothy's backyard garden. 
Image via Grist.org

“Back in the day, you could find tomatoes out there in the cotton fields,” Owen [Gradey-Scarborough] says. “You just go pick you a tomato, brush it off, and eat it right there. We used to pick okra in the middle of the cotton field. They’d just grow wild. Now they’re spraying this stuff and killing it out. I used to like walking through those fields.”

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Backyard gardening is making a comeback in the Mississippi Delta. Grist.org visits the locals who are tending to their own little piece of Delta soil and influencing their neighbors. Go here to read the article.