Acworth Community Garden

  • Location
    Acworth, Georgia
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

The mission of the Acworth Community Garden is to provide fresh produce for senior adults who are experiencing food insecurity. It is supported by volunteers from the community who plant, grow, harvest and maintain it. We make multiple weekly deliveries to a low income senior apartment complex (approximately 45 residents). We started this past spring and to date we have donated 1011 lbs. It is our goal to add another group of seniors if we can increase our yield to 2500 lbs for 2023. This year weren\'t able to fill most of our beds until June. We would like to increase production by starting early spring crops. We will need potato starts, onion starts, and lettuce and carrot seeds.We also need to top off our beds with some good compost until our home-grown compost os ready. We also support the community through youth activities - educating about pollinators and sustainable growing practices. We are an organic no-till garden. We have a pollinator garden (2\'X40\'), and would like to increase the pollinator area to add a small meadow along the side of the garden of native grasses and flowers.

Our Plan

We have prepared the area for the meadow.We would like to purchase native plants and seeds for it. We will also purchase compost, disease-free seed potatoes, onion starts, carrot and lettuce seeds (most requested by residents) for early vegetable planting.

Themes Addressed

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    Food Insecurity
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

We were very successful. The pollinator meadow is flourishing, and flowers are starting to pop. It's attracting a variety of bees, butterflies, wasps and birds. Our yield to date (6/29/23) was 369 lbs of produce donated. We exceeded last year at this time by more than 50% (our yield as of 6/29/22 was 148 lbs).Also, the grant allowed us to plant much earlier this year which caused earlier harvest times - as a result we were able to increase the involvement of a local youth group to help harvest. We were also able to provide harvest opportunities for some of our city's camp groups. In addition to the harvesting, they learned about what pollinators do and their importance to growing food. This was in addition to our usual volunteers. By getting notification in December that we would be a recipient of the grant, it was very helpful in planning for the early spring and late spring planting. Thanks so very much!!

Through this project I/we learned:

We underestimated the amount of green bean seeds we would need. We are already in our second round of succession planting and we have at least 2 more through the summer. We also learned about which sources of seed potatoes give us the greatest yield and the biggest value.

What I/we might change:

Purchase all seeds at one time so we don't need to make multiple trips to the store.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

1) The thrill of our total board that hangs on the garden fence goes up strongly each week! 2) Bringing the produce to the seniors who are excited and appreciative.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Lots of planning and communication is required between garden organizers and volunteers. Making volunteer opportunities fun. Encouraging interaction among the volunteers so they can develop relationships and enjoy their volunteer time.

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