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The ZIP code in Southern Nevada with the most residents who are food insecure, according to Three Square food bank, also grows its solution — the Vegas Roots community garden.

An estimated 26.5 percent of residents living in the 89106 ZIP code are food insecure, which is linked to chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, according to a July USDA report.

The Vegas Roots community garden, 715 N. Tonopah Drive, was founded more than seven years ago after 5 acres of land was donated to Rosalind Brooks, the organization’s founder. Brooks hopes the garden will help people understand the link between diet and health, in addition to addressing food insecurity in Las Vegas.    > View the entire story 

Why and How to Eat More Plants

By Safiyyah Bazemore

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Why

Author Michael Pollan puts it quite simply: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

This may seem easier said than done, but following this advice has wide-reaching benefits, especially on individual health. The typical American diet currently consists mostly of processed foods, meat, and dairy, which contribute to serious health issues including cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

By incorporating most plants into your diet, you get an instant boost of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. A plant-based diet can also aid with weight loss, prevent and often reverse chronic diseases, and lower mortality rates. The planet will also thank you: shifting away from a meat-heavy diet helps to combat climate change and pollution.

But fear not! Changing your diet entirely doesn’t have to be done overnight, and it doesn’t have to be daunting. In fact, baby steps can be more effective in making sustainable lifestyle changes. Simply focus on eating more plants, and don’t worry about being perfect.

 

How

Upping your daily plant intake can be easy and inexpensive. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • Participate in meatless Monday!
  • Join a produce subscription program to keep healthy options handy.
  • Try zucchini noodles as a healthy but equally delicious alternative to pasta.
  • Snack on nuts and raw veggies instead of chips and cookies.
  • Make this cauliflower rice (and then eat it!!!)
  • When in doubt, throw it in a smoothie.
  • Experiment with less familiar fruits and veggies, and don’t fear the tofu.
  • Grow your own produce to save on cost and to experience ultimate freshness.
  • At dinner, use meat as a side dish instead of a main entree and double your usual serving of vegetables.

Ease into it, and most importantly, have fun! Whether you adopt a fully plant-based diet or not is entirely up to you, but adding more whole plants into your diet is the goal, not deprivation. Your body, and the planet, will surely benefit!

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Meet Herbalist – Vanecia Boone & VegasRoots Nourishing Our Community

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Vanecia Boone is the resident herbalist at Vegas Roots. This summer, members have exclusive access to a series of blog posts from her on herbal medicine. Before we get started, get to know the woman behind the herbs! Vanecia Boone & Vegas Roots Nourishing Community.

Vanecia Boone

How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
I have lived in Las Vegas for 7 years.

How did you discover herbal medicine?
I discovered Herbal Medicine during a severe depression and horrible anxiety. I was unable to take prescription meds and used herbs to help pull me out of this horrible sickness.

Why did you choose to become an herbalist?
I chose to practice and study herbalism to help people reconnect with this ancient practice. Herbs have been used in healing since the beginning of time! I also wanted to help others to discover affordable and easy ways to take care of themselves at home.

What is the #1 thing you want people to understand about herbal medicine?
My favorite quote is from Angela Harris: “Take an herb any herb”. The #1 thing I desire for others to understand about herbal medicine is that there is an herb for every ailment and if we just seek and use our inner wisdom to guide us, there is nothing that we cannot heal.

What can readers expect from your upcoming blog series?
Readers can expect to learn how to make tinctures, decoctions, formulas for healing, as well as find out some really cool and extraordinary secrets about using herbal remedies. There is so much to learn. Readers will have such a wonderful time discovering the magic of herbs!

Do you have a favorite herb to work with? If so, which one and why?
Asking me my favorite herb is like asking someone to chose between free money for the rest of their life or a life with no bills or work. I simply cannot choose. But I love dandelion. It is the herb of all herbs. It’s resilient on earth and in your body, helping to clean and build the blood. Wonderful for your digestive tract, liver, and kidneys. It’s safe for all ages and people. It’s just one of those herbs you can break out no matter what is wrong and it will help to remedy the problem. However there are so many herbs that I love. I simply cannot choose.

Anything else to add?
The last thing that I would say is herbs work best with whole foods. There is no such thing as miracle cure (outside of prayer). You must give your body the proper nutrition with foods for herbs to work best. We will talk more about this in the series.

Vanecia Boone and Vegas Roots Are Nourishing Our Community 2017 and beyond!

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Marketplace @ The Roots In the News

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — For the first time, a North Las Vegas community garden is holding a farmers market and supporting local business.

The Vegas Roots Community Garden is where residents in an under-served community are getting a chance to connect and to grow. The garden is at 715 N. Tonopah Drive, near North Rancho and West Bonanza.

"We are located in a food desert," says founder Roz Brooks. "We are in ZIP code 89106, which has the highest food insecurity out of all the ZIP codes in Clark County."

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — For the first time, a North Las Vegas community garden is holding a farmers market and supporting local business.

The Vegas Roots Community Garden is where residents in an under-served community are getting a chance to connect and to grow. The garden is at 715 N. Tonopah Drive, near North Rancho and West Bonanza.

"We are located in a food desert," says founder Roz Brooks. "We are in ZIP code 89106, which has the highest food insecurity out of all the ZIP codes in Clark County."
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 We are hosting this neighborhood’s very first traditional farmers market. Ever! And the timing couldn't be better. It's more than just a farmers market, it's a bi-weekly festival (every 2nd and 4th Saturday) with a community-focused vibe. So grab your friends or come make some new ones down here at our urban farm festival!

Marketplace at the Roots on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 from 9am-2pm. Keep reading for more!

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Contact: For additional information, please contact Gayla at gaylaqueen@live.com or contact@vegasroots.org.

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