Something New Is Sprouting Up in West Georgia!
Fresh air, sunshine and wide open spaces are three things most people would like to enjoy more often. Get Healthy, Live Well and its partner organizations are bringing more green spaces to Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties by launching new community gardens across west Georgia.
Two new community gardens are offering residents the opportunity to spend time outdoors while growing fresh fruits and vegetables in a beautiful location close to their homes. Community gardens provide residents with sustainably grown produce, neighborhood improvements, a sense of community and a connection to the environment.
The group launched its first garden in Carrollton’s Knox Park this year. Planted in April 2013 by a coalition of more than 80 volunteers, the Knox Park Garden is centrally located and offers numerous residents access to sustainably grown produce. In spite of a wet summer, dedicated volunteers have lovingly tended the beds and are now enjoying the results of their collective labor. The second garden is located at Stockmar Park in Villa Rica at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum.
“We’ve had a tremendous response to the community gardens this year, and we’re excited about the tremendous potential of the Stockmar Park location,” said Jillian Walker, co-chair of the Community Gardens task force for Get Healthy, Live Well. “The site expects to draw around 100,000 visitors in 2014. Many of them are school children who will have the opportunity to visit the garden and learn about the health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Knox Park Community Garden is a partnership between Get Healthy, Live Well, Tanner Health System, Keep Carroll Beautiful, the City of Carrollton, Incredible Edible Carrollton, Carroll County Master Gardeners, and Home Depot. Stockmar Park Community Garden is a partnership between Get Healthy, Live Well, Tanner Health System, Keep Carroll Beautiful, the City of Villa Rica, Pine Mountain Gold Museum, Home Depot, and Carroll County Master Gardeners.
To learn more about how you can get involved, read the garden partner agreement and check out the Get Healthy, Live Well calendar for upcoming events.