Interview by: Jamilah Grizzle
July 15, 2017
Kymaia Gadsden has lived in Oberlin for her entire life. She is 21 years old.
Q: What positive impacts do you see the farmer’s market having on your life and the community?
A: The farmer’s market allows community members to gather together to support other community members and a way for people to acquire fresh and healthy produce and meats and cheeses and things. I think that having a farmer’s market gives the community, even people who might not get a chance to see a farmer’s market, gives everyone a chance to be able to participate. I think it draws other people to the community and it’s something special that Oberlin has a farmer’s market. I think that’s good for the community, in general. For me, I really just enjoy being able to see what other individuals have created and done with their free time. It’s always a good way to support people doing constructive things with their lives. Like personally, my mother makes homemade body care products and grows produce. I think it allows me to have a chance to show other people in Oberlin that you can do these things and work on whatever you want to work on.
Q: What type of culture does the farmer’s market seek to cultivate within the community it supports?
A: I think it just seeks to bring people of different backgrounds together. It cultivates a community where, whether you are a college student or a professor or someone who just lives in the town, regardless of background; you have one unified place where you can all come and get different things and see people you might not have seen in a long time or interacted with very little and it gives you a chance to meet new people. I think the community it cultivates is a positive one where we support each other; not just in academic and social endeavors but in everyday endeavors such as eating healthy, eating clean.
"The Oberlin Farmers Market cultivates a positive community of support in everyday endeavors -- eating healthy, eating clean."
Q: What do you love about the Oberlin community?
A: I love the calmness. It’s a very relaxed town. Growing up, it was easy to do whatever you wanted to. If you were into sports, you can go and do sports. If you were into acting or in theater or music, there were many opportunities for you to go and do that. I think that having a town, itself, that supports all of that is one of the best things about Oberlin.