Georgia garden project combines art and agriculture to feed those in need
In poverty-stricken Sylvester, Georgia, a Fort Valley State University Extension community garden is feeding more than 1,000 households each year at no cost to them. Launched in 2014, the Village Community Garden also provides a space for education and physical activity — important services in this rural community of 6,200 residents.
The garden also brings aesthetic value to the area. With its attractive layout, the garden bridges art with agriculture while feeding those in need.
All of these things have made a difference in the Sylvester community over the years. More than 10,000 have received fresh produce for free. 4-H programs hold nutrition and fitness events at the garden, encouraging young people to eat more vegetables, drink more water, exercise more and even helping some to lose weight. These are critical efforts for underserved, at-risk and minority youth and their families.
A field day also has been held at the garden for the community and visitors.
Link to full statement on website: http://landgrantimpacts.tamu.edu/impacts/show/6279