We continue to partner with the GROW HUB to establish community gardens. During the pandemic, there has been an increased emphasis on encouraging children and you to establish gardens as a way to beat the tedium of stay at home orders.
Online IFAS webinars about how to prepare a garden plot and compost have been especially popular and we have promoted them to teachers and parents as a means of engaging our youth in a (literally) productive gardening endeavor. The GROW HUB employs a coordinator who is specifically tasked with working to install gardens for children and youth but this work has pivoted toward advice on suitable plants for north central Florida gardens.
The Porters Neighborhood garden has been prepared for planting and we hope to assign plots to interested youths in February. Preparations are underway for the spring overhaul of the Kids Care garden and several church-owned gardens.