SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, FOOD & MEALS, & FARMERS MARKET
Parris Brewer>ISM Interviews A-L>ISM Interviews A-L, Segment 5
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- FOOD & MEALS
- Most people in the community were raised on fast food like McDonald's, KY Fried Chicken, and Church's Chicken. Growing Home is bringing vegetable awareness to the community. The kids and the older people are accepting vegetables and healthier foods more than middle aged people. He still goes to McDonald's every once in a while, but now that he manages money better he tries to avoid it.
- FARM BUSINESS
- Insists that you have to live the life as well as the work the job. Works 12-16 hours a day, sometimes after the sun goes down. He has been at the farm for three seasons. Some of the interns have started working at an ice cream plant. He reminds them that the farm is still their home and will help them to make some money. First reactions at the farm are usually negative, but once people see what they planted starts to grow, they feel positive. As market coordinator, he sets up all the markets and sales to restaurants. Comes in on his off days to harvest the honey. The day after the interview, he has three events planned, including one with Congressman Bobby Rush. Paris is making sure all the signs and foods are at each location. Challenges include opening up new sites, getting city approval, receiving grants. He says the director and "office people" take care of those things.
- FARMER'S MARKET
- He is the "key guy." He makes sure all the produce is ready and determines how much to sell based on previous markets. What they don't sell they usually donate.