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July 11, 2016 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
Filed under Community

Rosalind Brooks takes her show on the road.

The Las Vegas City Council recently honored Rosalind Brooks as Citizen of the Month. The reason: her Veggie Buck Truck initiative — an offshoot of the Vegas Roots Community Garden she has owned and operated for six years.

The Veggie Buck Truck visits disadvantaged communities around Clark County. “This mission of the Veggie Buck Truck is to bring affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables to communities that don’t have access to organic produce,” said Brooks.

“About a year-and-a-half ago, a lady from the Clark County Health District sent me an email with an article about another organization in another city who was successfully doing a pop-up farmer’s garden. I thought this would be great for Las Vegas.”

Brooks acknowledges that it has been a challenge to get people to come to the Vegas Roots Community Garden. That’s why she was attracted to the idea of bringing the garden to the community. “I wrote a few grants, and was fortunate to have some volunteers,” she said. “And now we take The Veggie Buck Truck to designated community locations.”

Brooks added: “I just love the fact that not only are we providing community residents with fresh fruits and vegetables, but I also have opportunity to talk about nutrition with the people who come to the truck.”

The Vegas Roots Community Garden is located at 715 North Tonopah Drive in Las Vegas. For additional information, call (702) 636-4152.

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