Easley Community Garden
Easley’s Community Garden was started in 2011 through donations and the help of dedicated volunteers. Previously, United Way of Pickens County conducted a hunger study to identify gaps in services and gauge the need in the community. This brought the seriousness of the hunger problem in Pickens County to light. As a response to this study and for providing access to healthy food and helping address hunger issues in the area, Easley City Council approved the creation of the community garden behind City Hall along West A Avenue. The garden consists of 24 raised beds of measurements 4x24 feet and several that are 4x16 feet. There is adequate irrigation, a tool shed, and a Project Manager on staff at City Hall to look after the garden and coordinate work and produce distribution in each growing season.
The goals of Easley’s Community Garden project are to generate community pride and involvement through the garden, to provide a setting in which people can learn to work together to make a positive impact, to provide access to nutritious food and to address hunger issues in the surrounding community.
The garden benefits food insecure individuals (those with uncertain ability to acquire food in socially acceptable ways) in the census tracts surrounding it near downtown Easley. The people in these areas live predominately in older neighborhoods and are considered LMI (low-moderate income) households by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They either have a hard time affording the food, or they are severely limited in ways to get to a market or grocer in town. The community garden is however, in walking distance of these neighborhoods. The rate of food insecurity in Pickens County is 16.4% of the county population, approximately 19,000 people according to the Map the Meal Gap, Feeding America, 2011.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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