Thursday, May 19, 2011

Newbies in the Neighborhood!

The Beaches are getting 2 new Community Gardens!

We've added both gardens to the map of the Northeast Florida Community Gardens. These gardens are in the pipeline so keep your eyes and ears peeled, fellow gardeners. If you like what you hear and want to get involved, we've provided an email link for each of the gardens.
Keep an eye out for information regarding:

Dutton Island Community Garden by Beaches Habitat for Humanity     Coming Soon!
Dutton Island Rd W
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 (Map) Find them on Facebook 

Beaches Habitat for Humanity is in the process of creating a small community garden that will be open to the public.  We will plant a variety of fruits and vegetables with a picnic table and mural in the back.  We hope to ultimately hold cooking classes to teach our neighbors about healthy meals and eating fresh.  If you would like to help with our endeavor, please contact us at 904-241-1222.

Jacksonville Beach Community Garden     Coming Soon!
S 8th St & 4th Ave S
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (Map) Find them on Facebook

The project, the creation of the Jacksonville Beach Community Garden, will transform a 0.135 acre undeveloped corner lot into a 20-25 bed community garden for use by the general public.  Located in the center of the Jacksonville Beach Apartments (JBA) public housing complex, the garden will provide residents of this extremely impoverished area the opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables. The benefits of better eating habits through increased access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, decreased family food expenses, improving the quality of life for the gardeners through increased physical activity and enhancing community interaction within the neighborhood are all expected, measurable outcomes of this project.

In addition to JBA residents, students at Jacksonville Beach Elementary, located 2 blocks away, will have access to the community garden as a platform for nutrition education. Three churches are located within 1 block of the community garden, whose congregations will be encouraged to tend plots to support local food pantries. Located directly across from the Carver Recreation Center, a Jacksonville Beach public park with numerous amenities such as playground, sports areas and covered picnic areas, gardeners will be encouraged make this project a family affair with room to spread out and make the garden a destination rather than a chore.