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Albany State University to Plant Community Garden

Original Publish Date: 
April 10, 2015

Special to the Metro

 ALBANY, GA. -- Albany State University students, faculty, staff and area volunteers are working together to plant a garden as an engagement, learning, and demonstration project. The Community Garden project is set to begin at 10:30 a.m., Sat., April 11, in a plot located next to the Albany State University Early Learning Center at Radium Springs Road and Joseph Holley Drive.

 Project consultant Nancy Dawson, Ph.D., has started community gardens in several cities across the U.S., and has won awards for her garden in Russellville, Ky. As a learning and engagement project, Dawson says the garden will foster collaborative learning as well as show students and the broader community where and how our food grows.

“Many of our young people are unfamiliar with the many varieties of vegetables and fruits that can be grown locally. This garden will give them that exposure” Dawson said.

 “Dr. Dawson says that a community garden ‘is a wonderful way for children and adults to learn about food, where it comes from, and how to grow and use healthy, fresh, vegetables’,” said Interim Director of ASU’s Center of Excellence for Community Engagement Timothy Sweet-Holp Ph.D. “The gardening project is designed to be a teaching tool for our students and community.” 

Community volunteers are invited to help build and fill four 4 inches by 8 inches raised garden boxes.                                                                                                                           

For more information, contact Jwana Washington of the Center of Excellence for Community Engagement at 229-430-1357.

Photo Caption:  Area residents to help build garden to care for the environment and the local community Saturday, Apr. 11.