Lamar University's groundbreaking ceremony for South Park Community Garden, an initiative created through the collaboration of the Greater South Park Neighborhoods and the university, will be Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. until noon on the corner of Jimmy Simmons Boulevard and Vermont Street.
“Lamar University is pleased to offer this resource to the
students and community,” Lamar University Director of Sustainability Alicen
Flosi said. “For the last few years, we’ve had our own garden on campus, but
now we can bring that effort into the community and expand it.”
The project will be under the management of Lamar
University, the city of Beaumont and the Lamar Institute of Technology.
“Beaumont has one of the highest rates of obesity in the
United States and is the highest rate in Texas,” South East Food Bank agency relation specialist Audine Rathburn said. “Creating a garden allows families to
produce healthy foods at no cost. They can take the knowledge learned from
gardening in a community setting and help lower their food costs. It also is a
family activity and a skill that can be passed on to younger generations and
begin to break the cycle of poverty.”
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