The Marc Steiner Show

March 1, 2012 – Segment 1

Food deserts, areas where residents do not have easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food, are a problem in many places, from cities to rural areas. First we’ll hear from Joyce Smith, Executive Director of Operation Reach Out Southwest. Joyce is a longtime community activist who has dedicated her life to ensuring that her neighbors in Southwest Baltimore are educated about healthy food choices, and have access to affordable, delicious, healthy options. Then Rebecca Messner, Assistant Editor of Urbanite Magazine, joins us to talk about the Urbanite Project, a search for the most creative solution to the problem of food deserts. Finally, our correspondent Tom Horton takes us inside the mind and motivations of that familiar Chesapeake creature, the jellyfish.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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    BALTIMORE – Renowned mural artist, Kirk Seese, has created a lifelike mural in the Bon Secours Hospital dining room. The vibrant colors and images will give hospital guests, staff and physicians something beautiful to see while visiting the dining room. The mural is the first phase of the renovation of the hospital’s dining rooms and kitchen.
    The hospital is located in West Baltimore, an area where grocery stores and fresh produce stands are sparse; a “food desert.” The health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables is a lifestyle we want to impart to members of our community. The mural features an urban farming theme with three stages of growth. Cultivating the soil and preparing the field on wall one; sowing and growing on wall two, and finally the harvest on wall three. Each wall has companion scripture.
    The mural was donated to the hospital by Joan Plisko, PhD. Dr. Plisko, who is the Co-convener of The Catonsville Women’s Giving Circle and the Technical Director of Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, won the services of the artist in an auction hosted by The Samaritan Women.
    The artist, Kirk Seese, has created murals for MICA, Moveable Feast and Healthcare for the Homeless to name a few. He has also created pieces for HBO, and a number of movie sets.

    What: Mural Unveiling/ Bon Secours Hospital Middle Dining Room- 1st floor

    When: Friday, March 2, 2012, 12noon

    Where: Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
    Middle Dining Room-1st floor
    2000 West Baltimore St.
    Baltimore, MD 21223

    Available For Interviews: Dr. Samuel Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, Kirk Seese, mural artist and Joan Plisko, donor

    Media Contact: For media inquiries, contact Judy Carmichael, (410) 913-5579 or


    Louise Mitchell, Sustainable Foods Program Manager
    Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E)
    Healthy Food in Health Care Regional Organizer
    Health Care Without Harm

    University of Maryland School of Nursing
    655 West Lombard Street, Room 642
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    410-706-1924 phone
    443-257-3209 cell
    410-706-0253 fax

  2. Hi, Marc:

    Hearing Joyce Smith on your show tonight did it. I am ready to begin the corner store revival in the city of Baltimore, one block at a time. Our outdoor market of local and organic on the sidewalk in front of 2322 N. Charles, in Aug and Sept., 2011, was wonderful. It is simple. Sell the best quality produce, let the business grow by meeting the needs of the neighborhood, and everyone benefits. Then it becomes an example for folks to do their version of it.

    How’s this for use of the land in the city? All the vacant lots, become fruit orchards?

    Thanks. Love and hugs. Mimi

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