How A Garden Taught Me About Medicine

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Behind a group of old row homes in Philadelphia stands a garden. This garden appears much like an oasis would to a weary desert traveler. In the same way an oasis provides nourishment in a dry desert landscape, the garden stands in a “food desert,” a low socioeconomic area of the city where access to fresh foods is rare.  Corner stores dominate the food shopping in this part of the city, providing residents with sugary snacks for cheap prices.  Fresh vegetables are nowhere to be found.  The health statistics in some parts of Philadelphia are comparable to many third world countries.  This is the reason that the garden is such a miracle in this part of the city.  And while it seems displaced in this location, the people from the community working in it seem right at home. 

I learned about the Urban Tree Connection when I was studying in…

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