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Farm in Lincoln works to help overcome urban obesity

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 16, 2007 10:15 AM

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LINCOLN

Experts contend that one of the health problems facing America's inner cities is that while health-food restaurants are plentiful, fresh fruits and vegetables are harder to find.

One group is working to change that on a 31 acre (12.5 hectare) organic farm in Lincoln is trying to change that, the Reuters news agency is reporting.

"I used to eat a lot of fast food and now I try not to," said Kadeem Herry, 17, of Roslindale, Mass. "I might sneak in a burger now and then, but I eat more vegetables."

Herry spoke as he finished a morning of harvesting at the Food Project, a Boston-area nonprofit group that runs the farm in Lincoln -- a mile from Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau's 19th century paean to simpler times.

Each year the group sells about 25,000 pounds (11,340 kilograms) of fresh produce at a farm stand in Dorchester.

-- Reuters

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