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Garden, market aim to provide food, connection for under-served neighborhood

Rows of vegetables are growing in a five-acre desert lot on North Tonopah Avenue at the Vegas Roots Community Garden. A farmer's market was held Saturday, May 13, 2017, and will be held the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. (Kyndell Nunley | KSNV)

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."

In an effort to continuously grow a neighborhood she says is undoubtedly under served, Brooks is opening the garden up as a market.

"In 200, 300 years there’s never been a farmer's market in this community," she says. "They’re in Tivoli, they’re in Summerlin, they’re in Henderson and you know what? This community deserves that too.”

The garden is a five-acre lot flourishing with food and local vendors to sell. Perhaps it can become a place where dreams also blossom.

Brooks wants the garden and market to serve as a space for small business of all kinds, even those with 13-year-old Liza Daniels as an owner.

“It brings me confidence knowing that one day I can have my own business. And maybe this is the start off of something," the young entrepreneur said.

Because if a once dried-up, barren desert lot can turn into a garden, with hard work and patience, anything is possible.

"In this area there’s a lot of fast food. There’s a lot of corner stores and liquor stores. And so if we plant gardens in all of those neighborhoods, now we are changing the trajectory of the typical family in a low income family," Brooks says.

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Vendor booth spaces are available for aspiring and established entrepreneurs.

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