How One Man Changed a Community’s “Food Desert” into a Food Oasis
Rural Conetoe, North Carolina suffered from a lack of access to affordable food and produce. Reverend Richard Joyner noticed that, due to malnutrition, people were dying in their 30s and 40s, and he was presiding over multiple funerals each month. Conetoe was a food desert. However, Joyner noticed the town had plenty of land, and he started a small garden to provide residents with fresh food and vegetables. Now, with the townspeople’s help, Conetoe harvests 21 acres. Thanks to one man’s initiative, the town is now a food oasis, and the death and illness rate has slowed.