Meet Travis and Lester.  I certainly won’t forget meeting them earlier this week.travis_lester1
There’s so much l liked about these two guys, it’s hard to know what to write.
But let me start by telling you that it’s a long way from the suburbs to the Wake County neighborhood where Travis and Lester grew up.  And I’m not talking about miles.

Our paths NEVER would have crossed if not for my friend Cindy who works for a great local organization, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.IMG_0478

With the help of the Food Shuttle, Travis and Lester are transforming a big corner of land in Southeast Raleigh.t&l_2

This week Cindy took cookbook author, Linda Watson, and me on a tour.

Travis and author Linda Watson talk herbs

Travis and author Linda Watson talk herbs

There’s a lot going on this corner—first, a working organic produce farm called T&L (for Travis and Lester).  They sell on Saturdays in the parking lot across from the Kroger that recently shut down  on MLK .  SE Raleigh is a food desert.T&l_3

T&L Farm also provides produce to some of downtown’s hippest restaurants with a 30 minute (no fooling) turn around time.   Their okra looks AWESOME BTW,  and their organic compost is to die for.

Travis is a compost genius!  I want him to sell me som.

Travis is a compost genius! I want him to sell me some.

There’s also a community garden where families can adopt a row for free.

There’s an education garden for kids.

And there are big dreams:

Lester dreams of a meditation garden on the property.

Travis dreams of collards like his grandma made, and a new favorite–kale soup

Both want to see their children eat good food and know the joys of growing it.

Both want to see their community come together around a garden and make something good for the body and mind.

Both men are in their 30s, graduates of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s urban ag program, AND never believed that they would would be working in agriculture  and loving it at this point in their lives.

But gardens change us, don’t they.

Cindy from the Food Shuttle tells me there IS enough food in the world; it’s just a problem of access.

Travis and Lester are working hard for access their little part of the world.  Cross your fingers for them.