Rooted in Community

By Christy Ulmet

Jael Fuentes sits on the couch in the front room of her house, drinking a smoothie she made from organic fruits and vegetables. Through the window, she looks out at the North Hill community garden where she grew many of her ingredients.

Fuentes lives in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, which borders Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Not only is Chestnut Hill one of the poorest areas in the city in terms of household income, but it is also one of the poorest in terms of access to nutrition. The area is considered a food desert. The closest stores are high-priced convenience shops with inadequate produce sections, but they are often the only option for those without reliable transportation. Continue reading