Access to Healthy Food

Why school gardens are important

“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, if they're not shown how food affects the mind and the body, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”
- Ron Finley, a guerilla gardener in South Central LA

About the author

A native of North Carolina, Erin White is a designer, entrepreneur, and teacher working for healthy food systems. Erin formed his two-year-old design firm, Community Food Lab, out of his belief that healthy communities need healthy food systems, and that socially-oriented design has an important role to play in both. With degrees from North Carolina State University and Bowdoin College, he also has experience as a chef and line cook, as an on-site farm manager, a statistician with the NC Central Cancer Registry, and a framing carpenter.… Read full bio »