From the Reporter
The Problem
Since the Southeast Farmers Market opened in the middle of a low-income neighborhood eight months ago, it has struggled to attract a key constituency — farmers.
Hope for the Future
To fill the void, the market’s organizer is pinning her hopes on a new community garden and local residents to grow the fruits and vegetables that the market needs to succeed.
The Challenge
The farmers market has been ensnared by the same self-reinforcing structural problems that have long made it difficult to get healthy food into the community: negative perceptions of the neighborhood; cold, hard economics; and entrenched eating habits.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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