More than 200 Latino families, along with 40 refugee families from Somalia, are working in urban vegetable gardens in an Hispanic neighborhood in western Denver.
"Ninety percent of the participants in our urban ... or family gardens are Hispanics, as are all of our community sponsors," Joseph Teipel, the operations director at Revision International, a non-profit that is coordinating the RE:Farm Denver program, told Efe.
Teipel said that they recently began working with Somali refugee families so that they can "learn how to farm in the middle of the city."
The Re:Farm Denver project began five years ago with a few Latino families in the Westwood neighborhood, where Hispanics make up 76 percent of the 15,000 residents.
A quarter of Westwood's Latinos live below the poverty line.
Living in that same area are about 40 Somali refugee families, all of them members of an ethnic minority that was severely affected by the civil war in their homeland.
"Revision International recently received a subsidy of $50,000 to be able to train these low-income families to ... create their own food production cooperative," said Eric Kornacki, the executive director and cofounder of that organization.
"The cooperative business model will allow all the families that are part of the program to ... combine their efforts to sell the excess food they produce to neighbors in the area, thus creating sources of employment and access to healthy food," said Kornacki.
According to the Denver Health Department, 78 percent of the residents of Westwood are overweight or obese, specifically because they do not eat healthy meals. Moreover, according to a survey conducted in 2011, 63 percent of the residents do not have the resources to buy nutritious meals. EFE