Lucille Harris Community Garden
The Lucille Harris Community Garden, built in the Harrisburg community by the Milledgeville Community Garden Association, provides space for learning the forgotten art of home gardening as well as healthy recreation in a setting that fosters new friendships and cross cultural understanding. Started in April 2013 with 22 raised beds measuring 4 x 8 and 12 x 12, the garden has brought together neighborhood residents with local university students and other individuals from all across the community. To meet the demand for more plots, we plan to build 8 additional raised beds in time for spring planting. The garden also includes over two dozen blueberry bushes and a small fruit orchard containing 24 trees of different varieties which have all been enclosed by fencing or cages to protect them from the deer and critters that live in the nearby forest. Major funding was provided by a Knight Foundation Grant with additional donations from local businesses and organizations to help us meet the total project costs.
In 2014, we face the challenge of sustaining the operational costs attributed to irrigation, property insurance and other ongoing maintenance and supply expenses. Though few places in the country were unscathed by the economic downturn of the last five years, Harrisburg was devastated by the loss of thousands of once-secure state jobs when the state closed the nearby state mental hospital (once the largest in the world) and the prisons. Though this is a rural county with lots of available space and a year-round growing climate, few people actually farm or even maintain backyard gardens anymore. With an abundance of potentially productive land and favorable climate, a community garden can serve to educate residents about growing and harvesting some of their own food to offset the economic hardships faced by so many.
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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