Second Chance’s Urban Garden Program

Southeastern San Diego

On a Friday afternoon at the roadside farm stand of the Urban Garden Program at Second Chance we meet and hear stories from youth resident farmers Daisy Cortes, Elizabeth Vargas, and Luis Ramirez. It’s a struggle to eat healthy in an environment dominated by fast food restaurants and liquor stores. They find that unhealthy food is cheap and easy to pickup. Daisy has multiple family members who suffer from the food related illness, Type 2 Diabetes. The more she works the land, she realizes that choosing healthy food may not be an easy choice, but it is necessary to maintain optimal health.