Ruby proves city living doesn't have to mean sacrificing homegrown food.
By Ruby Guerrero Carnevale
I don’t always cook what I dig, but I sure would love to someday. My interest in gardening and cooking started when I was about 11 or 12- years-old. The cooking part was easy because I had parents who were both great home cooks. The gardening, well, that wasn’t exactly easy. Living in an apartment building in Brooklyn with no yard really doesn’t open up many gardening opportunities and there certainly weren’t any community gardens in my neighborhood back then. There were barely any trees. Still, I asked my mom to show me how to grow an avocado tree from the pit and armed with a cup and toothpicks and a fire escape, I was convinced I’d be eating avocados in no time. That memory sticks with me when I think about how far from that fire escape I am today.