In response to requests from community stakeholders on the need for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, Midtown Partners began brainstorming about a location for a community garden that would not only benefit the kitchen but also the residents of Midtown. Once the area next to 301 Adelle Street was secured, the organization worked to secure funding for the initiative. It was decided to begin the garden with six raised beds as a hands on activity for students in our Project Innovation Afterschool program. During the first quarter of 2011, Midtown Partners received grants from Mississippi Food Network and Fiskars to expand and beautify the garden.
In March 2011, stakeholders created a 100′ x 42′ garden area. Items planted during this spring season include:
- egg plant
- bell pepper
- sweet banana
- Pod pole beans
- Yellow squash
Benefits of the Garden
The garden provides the following benefits:
- Establishes a fresh food source which otherwise may not be available or affordable
- Beautifies the neighborhood
- Provides a safe, recreational green space in which to relax and enjoy the outdoors
- Instills a sense of “community”
For more information on our “Community Garden” efforts contact Monica Cannon at (769) 257-5757.