Lamar University, in association with Greater South Park Neighborhoods Partnership, has broken ground on the new South Park Community Garden.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 8.
“This new garden is important, firstly, because it brings
the community together,” Lamar Green Squad President Deep Narula said.
“Secondly, there’s a huge demand for fresh food in this area. It is imperative
that we add more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods into our everyday diets,
and more people need to know how to grow them.”
After the groundbreaking ceremony, volunteers worked to build
and fill raised beds, and spread soil and mulch.
“Kids from a young age need to learn about how fruits and
veggies grow: knowing how their food gets from the ground to their plate is
very important for their understanding of food and nutrition,” Narula said.
“When we know that process, we can be conscious about our food and food
choices, and help with poverty reduction. All members of the local community
are welcome to ‘adopt’ a plot and garden it as long as they take care of it -- we
want people to have free access to fresh produce in an area where affordable produce
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