One of SeedFork of The Highlands’ largest initiatives in 2018 was to launch a network of community gardens in Cookeville, Tennessee.
One of our nonprofit’s large goals is to distribute food in to communities that can truly benefit from not only having fresh produce to eat, but also learning how to grow their own, nutritious food.
As we looked into ways of distributing food, we found that finding local produce and food from Cookeville’s producers proved to be a more difficult task than we first expected. Most farmers didn’t have an abundance of leftovers to give to a food distribution program. This pointed us to bringing gardens and fresh food into the very communities that could benefit from this.
In the 2018 season we began with 3 gardens: one at the Northside Community Center on Brown avenue, one at Christ’s Community Church, and one at Plateau Mental Health Center. Each of these communities exhibited a need for not only access to food, but also education and horticultural therapy.
We are so pleased with the progress from these gardens: they have brought the communities together, provided education and horticultural therapy, and, of course, fresh food! Our plan for 2019 is to continue to nurture these existing gardens and also plant a new garden at the Cookeville Rescue Mission!
If you believe in what SeedFork is doing by bringing community gardens, we invite you to donate to our nonprofit so that we can continue our Community Garden Network, and continue to positively impact our community through local food.