With the coming of a new school year come new opportunities for growth. To bring closer to fruition the vision of a sustainable food system for the Gainesville community, FOG is commencing the operation of an educational garden in partnership with the community garden in Fred Cone Park and the generous support of Lucky’s Market. Here we hope to immerse students in the wonder of growing their own food and expose them to the life lessons that gardening entails. Children engaged in learning gardens have shown improved performance in school, especially in the field of science. Student gardens have been linked to the establishment of healthier diets and a deeper connection with the environment, thereby addressing chronic issues afflicting youth. Gardening has also been shown to aid in emotional development that helps youth blossom into successful adults.
We hope that the “FOG Learning Garden” will contribute to a robust network of gardens in the neighborhoods of East Gainesville with the support and engagement of community partners like the Greater Duval Community Garden, Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, and others. This network will bring greater accessibility to fresh food that is both affordable and familiar to community members. We hope you are as excited as we are to begin this journey, and would appreciate your participation in turning it into reality.
Our goal is to facilitate experiential learning by providing structure, encouragement, resources, and discipline to supplement the education afforded by Mother Nature. We hope that this will be a fun and meaningful experience for the youth involved and that we will expand the program in the years to come!
Please contact Tyler at Tyler@foginfo.org or 352-377-6345 ext. 123 with any inquiries.
Generous financial support provided by Lucky’s Market and garden materials donated by Atlantic Design Homes.