The Garden of Eden: acknowledging the impact of race and class in efforts to decrease obesity rates

Am J Public Health. 2006 Jul;96(7):1170-4. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2004.049502. Epub 2006 May 30.


Geographic assessments indicate that the selection of produce in local supermarkets varies by both area-level income and racial composition. These differences make it particularly difficult for low-income African American families to make healthy dietary choices. The Garden of Eden produce market was created to improve access to high-quality, affordable produce for these communities. The Garden of Eden is housed in a church in an economically depressed African American community in St Louis, Mo, that has less access to fresh produce than surrounding communities. All staff are from the community and are paid a living wage. The market is run with an eye toward sustainability, with partners from academia, a local faith-based community organization, businesses, and community members collaborating to make all program decisions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Behavioral Research
  • Black or African American* / education
  • Black or African American* / psychology
  • Commerce / organization & administration*
  • Commerce / standards
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Diet, Fat-Restricted*
  • Fruit / supply & distribution*
  • Geography
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Missouri / epidemiology
  • Obesity / ethnology*
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Religion*
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Social Environment
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Vegetables / supply & distribution*