Harvest Gwinnett is offering community garden program in the Loganville area

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The Harvest Gwinnett community gardens program is offering six new locations, including one in the Loganville area of the county. The program already has three established sites and is looking to add the six additional ones.

Applications for a 4 ft x 8 ft raised bed will be accepted while supplies last. Other applications will be added to the waiting list. The cost for a bed is $35 a year.

The program was first launched in 2019 to in an effort to connect community members through “hands-on” environmental education, to plant fresh produce for improved nutritional opportunities for resident and to help foster better health outcomes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended community gardens as health promoters. The CDC reports that community gardens decrease mental and physical stress levels in adults and enhance mobility and socialization and have a positive impact on the community. As a response to Gwinnett’s growing need for access to fresh foods, Live Healthy Gwinnett launched the Harvest Gwinnett program in a partnership with Gwinnett Parks and Recreation to close the meal gap by implementing community gardens, nutrition education and food distributions.

Currently Live Healthy Gwinnett maintains and operates the three established community gardens in Lawrenceville, Snellville, and Norcross. One of the six new gardens will be added at Vines Gardens in Loganville.

Gardeners of all skill levels are invited to submit an application to reserve a raised plot at any of Harvest Gwinnett’s nine Community Gardens for the 2021-2022 growing year.

The nine locations are:

  • Dacula Park Community Garden, Dacula
  • E. E. Robinson Park Community Garden, Sugar Hill
  • Graves Park Community Garden, Norcross
  • J. B. Williams Park Community Garden, Lilburn
  • Lawrenceville Community Garden, Lawrenceville
  • Lenora Park Community Garden, Snellville
  • Peachtree Ridge Park Community Garden, Suwanee
  • Vines Park Community Garden, Loganville
  • West Gwinnett Park Community Garden, Berkeley Lake

Each garden has leasable 4’x8’ plots that residents can apply to rent and maintain on an annual basis. To fight food insecurity and Knockout Hunger, community share-rows at each garden are planted, maintained, and harvested with all produce being donated locally to residents in partnership with health and human services, cooperative ministries, housing authorities, and more. Ready to get your hands dirty?! Our friends with UGA Extension Gwinnett will soon be offering an array of programs for all ages and abilities from Gardening 101 to Pest Management; check back for a listing of activities. To volunteer or learn more, contact HarvestGwinnett@GwinnettCounty.com. Learn how to reserve a raised plot and/or volunteer opportunities by contacting HarvestGwinnett@GwinnettCounty.com, 770.822.3197. You can visit LiveHealthyGwinnett.com to apply for a location and to learn about classes and volunteer opportunities. From Harvest Gwinnett webpage

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