Lakewood – The City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department will host a public forum to explore and discuss creating a community garden in Lakewood. The forum will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW. The meeting will be held in room 1-E. Everyone is welcome!
The forum is open to residents and community organizations wishing to express their interest and support of a community garden. Presentations will be given by local specialists who will share how a community garden works, issues to consider, costs involved and how to initially get one started. Examples of thriving community garden models will be examined. Although a site has not been selected, a volunteer community team is needed to get this project started.
Brice Meldrum, a science teacher at Clover Park High School, proposed the idea of a Lakewood community garden as a valuable teaching tool for his classroom. With the high obesity rate and lack of healthy food education in school, the idea of using a community garden in education has become a national collaboration. In March 2010, the USDA, launched Peoples’ Garden School Pilot Program, a $1 million dollar pilot program to establish community gardens in underprivileged schools. Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary for the USDA commented, “Learning where food comes from and what fresh foods taste like, and the pride of growing and serving vegetables and fruits that grew through your own effort, are life-changing experiences.”
A community garden can generate a sense of pride as it encourages land stewardship, agricultural education and sustainability, not only in our schools but in our neighborhoods as well. A community garden can foster community partnerships as well as help bridge the gap between cultural diversity and social economic barriers.
For more information on the forum or to participate in this venture, please contact: Suzi Riley, Parks, Recreation and Community Services at 253-983-7758 or email@example.com