Area uses soil to fight food insecurity, foster sovereignty
October 13, 2017
LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — Along U.S. 49 in Holmes County, "Farmers Market" appears in big red letters peeling off a white gas station structure.
It advertises "candy, chips, cookies, ice cream" — none of which can be found there now. A little rundown mart sits empty behind it with thick chains holding its doors closed.
The defunct market serves to illustrate the food scarcity in one of the most poverty-stricken, yet agriculturally rich, counties in the poorest state in the nation. The building, owned by the Mileston farming cooperative, is also a reminder of promise in a community strivin...