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Texas College Turns Football Field Into Farm

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(credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP)  The oldest historically black college in Texas is planting the seeds for community change between its fading goalposts.

Paul Quinn College in Dallas plowed up its defunct football field last year to create a 2-acre urban farm.
President Michael Sorrell says the college is not trying to turn students into farmers but wants to teach them to solve problems facing their community such as limited access to healthy foods.

Sorrell says grocers wouldn’t invest in the underserved area surrounding Paul Quinn so the college is growing its own produce.

The Food for Good Farm program, which has received mentoring from Yale University, provides about 10 percent of the produce for Cowboys Stadium concessions. It also gives 10 percent to charities.

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