[caption id="attachment_25665" align="alignleft"]Member Service Co-ordinator Janeth Sanchez organizes members in addition to working check out at Good Grocer[/caption]The small chartreuse and white building on the corner of East Lake Street and Stevens Avenue might be easy to miss, but what goes on inside might well become a model for solving the problem of fresh produce and healthier foods in lower income neighborhoods. The Good Grocer, a new kind of neighborhood co-op that opened June 15, is already getting healthy and affordable food to people in the area.
[caption id="attachment_17775" align="alignleft"]Intern Laura Johnson, a senior at Macalester College, talks with Berina Xiong about favorite foods.[/caption]Abdi Dahir, a staff member with Youth Farm in Frogtown, looks to be about 16 and speaks about the organization with the confidence of a 29-year-old. It’s his second year with the project. “We have three sites in Frogtown,” he said. “We’re the newest, two years old, but Youth Farm is in five other neighborhoods. Today we built a new compost and we watered the plants.” It’s almost noon and it’s nearly 90 degrees. I ask him his age. “I’m 13,” he said.