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Desmond Flagg

Desmond Flagg

Research Assistant

Center for a Livable Future

Where is Public Health in the Farm Bill?

Agree/Disagree: The Farm Bill is a Public Health bill. 

For those of you who agree, give yourself a pat on the back!  For those of you who do not believe that the Farm Bill is a Public Health bill, read on, and we just might convince you.

As Roni Neff, PhD, Research and Policy Director for the Center for a Livable Future, explains, the Farm Bill affects the health of the American public in at least five important ways: Read More >

USDA People’s Garden Grant Awarded to Baltimore City Neighborhood

Also contributing to this post is Rachel Pinson, an MPH student focusing on food access, food policy, and program planning.

One of Baltimore City’s most underserved neighborhoods received funding for a facelift recently in the form of a $60,000 grant from the USDA. The grant, known as the People’s Garden Grant, was designed “to invest in urban and rural areas identified as food deserts and/or food insecure areas, particularly those with persistent poverty” (USDA).  Cherry Hill—a neighborhood without a full-service supermarket and where more than 90 percent of non-married families live below the Maryland Self-Sufficiency Wage (an index of how much income is needed for a family to adequately meet their basic needs without public or private assistance)—is a quintessential food insecure area.  Read More >