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  • Community Gardens Nutrition At Your Fingertips
    • Tuesday, April 12, 2011
    GPHA Annual Meeting
  • Have You Had Your Servings?
    • This is how many members of our community get their servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • Why Aren’t We on the “Fresh Express?”
    • Limited or no access
    • Lack of variety of fresh foods
    • Perception that =
  • What’s Going on in Clayton County..
  • What’s Going on in Clayton County…
  • What’s Going on in Clayton County..
  • Community Gardening
    • Community gardening programs provide physical and social benefits to people and their surrounding neighborhoods.
  • How We Got Started
    • Funding for the community gardens was awarded through the Nutrition and Physical Activity Demonstration Project
  • Purpose
    • Promote the nutritional, social, environmental, and physical benefits of sustainable gardening.
    • Intended Outcome - A healthier community as a result of increased physical activity and access to fresh produce.
  • Benefits
    • Health
      • Provides access to fresh and nutritious foods (too few fruits and veggies is a leading risk factor for premature death in Clayton County.)
      • Provides physical and mental health benefits through exercise and recreation
    • Economic
      • Reduces the burden on family food budgets
    • Community
      • Provides an avenue for social interaction
      • Beautifies the neighborhood
      • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
    • Environmental
      • Preserves green spaces
      • Conserves resources
      • Makes use of natural resources
  • Our Objective
    • To increase from zero to six, the number of community gardens in Clayton County by June 30, 2010.
    • Actual Result: Six community gardens developed in year one.
  • Garden Locations
  • Garden Locations
    • Garden Site Locations:
      • Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center (community/multi-plot) - 4 plots
      • Charles Drew High School (school- based) - 2 raised beds
      • J. Charley Griswell Senior Center (Seniors) - 4 plots
      • Youth Build-A-Garden (Faith-Based) - 8 plots
      • Clayton County Board of Health (Demonstration Garden) 6-raised beds
      • Reynolds Nature Preserve/Flat Shoals Park (community/multi-plot) – 10 plots
  • Partners
    • Clayton County Extension Service
    • Clayton County Senior Services
    • Clayton County Parks and Recreation
    • Local nurseries
    • State Farmers Market
  • Process
    • Contracted with Extension Service
    • Scheduled a garden construction and planting day for each site
    • Scheduled education classes
    • Conducted garden tours and site visits
    • Harvested when appropriate
  • Community Gardens
  • Community Gardens (cont.)
  • Findings
    • 18 Master Gardeners participated in garden activities
    • 122 garden participants
    • Approximate yield of 800-1000 pounds of produce
  • Lessons Learned
    • Each site should have been furnished with a scale to determine what was yielded at each site.
    • More education/training should have been done in the beginning (proper watering schedule, soil nutrition, etc).
    • One Master Gardner/or gardening expert should have been assigned to each site for assistance and training.
    • Must have better communication
  • Blossom End Rot
  • Lesson Learned Ensure that the garden design is appropriate for the site.
  • Next Steps
    • Continue work with the existing gardens
    • Expand the initiative to Head Start and others who are interested
    • Expand the CCBOH demonstration garden.
  • Resources
    • University of Georgia Extension Service
    • www.caes.uga.edu/extension
    • American Community Gardening Association
    • www.communitygarden.org/
  • Questions ???
    • THANK YOU!
  • Contact Information
    • Toy Scaife-Rooks
    • CCBOH Health Promotion Coordinator
    • [email_address]
    • (678) 610-7692