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Urban farmer Chaz Daughtry grows fresh foods and spices to combat diabetes

Sweetwater Farms (Photo provided)

Share some tips for people in our community who are interested in urban farming.

No. 1 is to have patience. Things don’t happen overnight. When you’re trying to become a farmer and grow your own veggies, it takes a lot of patience and skill. It’s not the hardest thing to do, but you got to have patience. It’s nothing you can rush.

In the first year, you may grow something, and it may not grow to its full potential. It takes years to get your soil right where you needed to be to grow and be able to feed a family. If you want to become a farmer or a gardener, do it. It’s a great stress reliever. Our farm is located outside of my spice office and when I’m having a stressful day, I walk outside to pick some leaves and come back in the office, and it kind of clears my mind. You just have to be patient. Start small. Don’t try to do so much at one time. Pick a few veggies and herbs you like and start from there.

Where do you see the future based on COVID-19? How can our community better prepare themselves?

The future is definitely food. I think it’s definitely people getting healthy. The healthier you are, the better chance you have of beating COVID-19 and surviving it. Being active getting in shape, going outside, starting a garden and building the backyard, working out and sweating. I think that is the future, living healthy.

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