Urban Harvest launches its Adopt-A-Garden program providing on-going education and materials to community gardens in underserved areas. Adopt-A-Garden will focus on gardens in the following Complete Communities: Acres Homes (Wesley Elementary), Third Ward (Alabama Gardens), Near Northside (Avenue Place Community Garden), and Gulfton (Christian Community Service Center); as well as Sunnyside (The Happy Place Garden & Harry Holmes Community Garden).
Each garden provides fresh produce for their communities, many of them in food deserts or communities that lack access to healthy food. Houston far exceeds the national average of food deserts - communities that lack access to healthy food. An astonishing 20% of Houstonians live in food deserts versus an average of 7.4% Americans across the country.
Through Adopt-A-Garden, Urban Harvest will help make each community more complete by ensuring that residents have vibrant community gardens. Through these gardens residents will have access to fresh, healthy food; a safe community gathering location; and a place for nature and greenspace in their neighborhood.
“Adopt-A-Garden is leveraging our resources to bring volunteers, community partners, and our wealth of organic gardening knowledge and community engagement experience to the neighborhoods where our resources our most needed,” said Scott Howard, Urban Harvest Board President and long-time community gardener.
The kick-off gardening event will be held Saturday, April 21 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at each garden and will include garden projects to launch the year-long endeavor.
Interested in volunteering at a garden? Contact Lilly DeHaven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special thanks to our Adopt-A-Garden sponsors: