By Megan Burks
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One of the best things about my job is being able to call on the many talented staff members at our partnering organizations. Where one organization lacks skill or resources, another is quick to fill in.
KPBS lends stellar local coverage and extends the conversation on its radio and television shows. Voiceofsandiego.org delves deeper into the topic and holds decision makers accountable with persistent follow-ups. The AjA Project has become our eyes and ears in the community, relaying stories and analysis by their youth photographers.
The Media Arts Center San Diego, too, has been an invaluable piece of the Speak City Heights collaborative. Its producer, Brian Myers, interns and youth videographers have given a face–and thus, important context–to the changes happening in City Heights.
Below are our top five most viewed videos.
5. Despite Farmers Market Success, Some Struggle To Eat Healthy In City Heights
Getting good food on the table isn’t always idyllic in City Heights. Not everyone knows about programs that put healthy foods within reach of low-income families. Latonya Frazier, a mother of two on a fixed income, didn’t know she could double her WIC vouchers at the farmers market until being contacted for this story.
4. Low-Income Shoppers Thrive at Farmers Market
Ayan Mohamed, who has an 18-month-old, was quick to exchange a Women, Infants and Children voucher for large basket of the fruit. They’re her son’s favorite – he likes them even more than cake, which she insisted he’d spit out in favor of something fresher.
But healthy eating wasn’t always a habit for Mohamed, who said she favored fast-food before becoming pregnant. She was able to change her diet because a farmers market that accepts WIC vouchers opened in her neighborhood.
3. Residents Light Candles for Fallen Officer
About 1,000 residents gathered at the City Heights Performance Annex to hear poems, letters and music prepared by area youth in honor of slain mid-city officer Jeremy Henwood.
2. Garden Project Allows Crawford Students to Grow
San Diego’s Crawford High School in City Heights is among the most culturally diverse schools in the nation. An innovative school garden program there gives students a chance to discuss their culture through food.
1. Aqua Farm Turns Black Asphalt Into Green Space
The Fairmount Aqua Farm, a project of the International Rescue Committee, was developed on a quarter-acre asphalt lot on Fairmount Avenue in City Heights to train community members to grow food with less water and without soil.
The project provides a way of growing healthy produce in one San Diego’s densest and poorest neighborhoods, where green spaces and food budgets are limited.