I learned first that before a market conversion begins a contract agreement must be met with all of the holders in the business including vendors. Secondly, the group must observe the location and food storage of the bodega. Thirdly, the group must peel previous advertisements and restore healthy promotions. Fourth, the group must re-organize the shelves of the store and rid the shelves of unwanted products. Fifth, the group must replace deteriorating produce with freshly grown fruits and vegetables. Lastly, the group must share the information with the public to not only endorse healthy eating but assist the local populace with healthy food to indulge.
During the market makeovers, I did a variety of things, ranging from filming to painting and cleaning and arranging. Because the market makeovers were a combination of projects, we were expected to not only convert the corners stores but also research our community and try to educate the community on why South LA is a food dessert. Having said that, in addition to cleaning the stores, educating the store owner on how to maintain and make his vegetables aesthetic, moving shelves, making label boards and painting a mural on the side of the store, I also interview historians and journalist and filmed all the action. In addition to the hands on activities, a lot of brainstorming was done for whatever was needed to be filmed. This mainly was composed of meetings where everyone would voice their opinions.