In 2008, a nonprofit called Collective Roots started a community farmers market to give East Palo Alto citizens access to healthy food. Some of the food for this farmers market came from seven gardens in the community’s elementary schools — Collective Roots taught young students and their families how to grow and nurture vegetables. Growing produce isn’t difficult in this area — its biggest industry was once farming. Garden by garden, Collective Roots is rebuilding a food system that is robust and local. Now, thanks to an AARP Foundation Hunger Impact grant, Collective Roots is setting up a gardening program for East Palo Alto’s older residents. Read more.