Thomas County Coalition Community Garden
The primary goal of our Community Garden is to improve the healthy eating environment in our community by increasing and expanding access to a variety of healthy, garden-fresh vegetables. At least 25% of the Garden produce is given to three target groups – low-income families receiving food through the local food bank, a regional domestic violence shelter and a child care center. In the past, garden produce has been shared with the Senior Center. The other 75% of the produce is shared by Garden volunteers and their families, used in Kids-A-Cookin classes, and served at community events such as the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Business After Five. In order to encourage tasting and preparing/eating new vegetables, the Coalition will continue the educational/tasting events with Genesis participants and a local childcare center. Another goal of the Thomas County Community Garden is recreation and increased physical activity for volunteers that not only include adults, but youth as well. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H members and youth performing community service work in our Community Garden. Planting and tending the Garden together is a fun, leisure-time activity for families, older adults, children and youth. Because vigorous gardening involves digging, spading, composting and weeding, this is the kind of physical activity that burns calories and increases fitness.
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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