Big Tex Urban Farms harvests more food than usual, despite COVID-19

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) Despite the pandemic, Big Tex Urban Farms managed to produce thousands of pounds of food last year, and now the Dallas community is benefiting.

"Big Tex Urban Farms never stopped operating in 2020," says Karissa Condoianis, Senior Vice President of Public Relations for the State Fair of Texas. "In response to the global crisis, we just adjusted our harvest and donation procedures to continue to have proper safety protocols."

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Photo credit Big Tex Urban Farm

Big Tex Urban Farms harvested more than 26,000 pounds of food to distribute to several organizations in the Fair Park and South Dallas communities, including the Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Institute and CitySquare.

Big Tex Urban Farm
Photo credit Big Tex Urban Farm

"The South Dallas-Fair Park community is known as a food desert, where community members don't have access to fresh fruit and vegetables," Condoianis says. "We have expertise in growing fresh fruits and vegetables … and we saw that we could help with that solution."

Nearly 300,000 servings of fresh produce have been harvested and donated by the program … and that's in 2020 alone.

"Our team was actually able to harvest and donate even more food for the community during 2020," Condoianis says. "We were up 25 percent in our produce from the prior year."

Anyone who buys a ticket to the State Fair of Texas is supporting the Big Tex Urban Farm program. More information can be found about the program here.

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