DC Woman Aims to Fill Food Gap with Community Garden
(Afro) — Dissatisfied with the produce in her local supermarket, Mia Hayes-Hawkins decided to do something about it. She wanted organic produce at reasonable costs, so, for a couple of years, she grew a few herbs and spices in her apartment such as basil, rosemary, chives, tri-color sage, and lemon thyme. Plants were neatly arranged in places where they could receive the right amount of sunlight. But she wanted to do more than just grow produce for her family. Hayes-Hawkins wanted to share the fruits of her labor with the community. “My community doesn’t have a large supply of fresh produce. So instead of pointing fingers and placing blame, I just wanted to do something about it,” said Hayes-Hawkins. No stranger to agriculture, Hayes-Hawkins attended the Chicago High School for Agriculture Science. She received a bachelor’s in agriculture from Virginia State University, graduating with high honors. While attending the university, Hayes-Hawkins served as an agricultural technician working with plant breeders and scientists.