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April 17, 2014

Community garden meeting coming April 25

Union College, Knox Health Coalition, others partnering on project

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Some folks in Knox County are looking at bringing some green space to Barbourville, and they need some help. But first, they’ll have an informational meeting on the community garden project next Friday, April 25.

That meeting will take place that day at 6 p.m., in Room 168 of Union College’s new Health and Natural Sciences building.  It’s free and you’re invited.

While the community garden is tentatively planned for Judge Street on the Union campus, the location hasn’t been finalized.

Organizers said Wednesday the meeting will give those interested in participating in the garden project a chance to learn how they can get started. They’ll get started with resources and technical assistance with one of the partners in the program, Lend-A-Hand Center’s Grow Appalachia Program. In addition, plots will be available for individual and community use.

Grow Appalachia emphasizes food production in order to introduce as much no-cost, fresh, healthy food as possible to the region.

The organization was founded in 2009, and their basic goal is to help as many families grow as much of their own food as possible through gardening grants, education, technical and physical assistance, donations to local food banks, encouraging growers to move toward entrepreneurship and leveraging community assets.

Also partnering in the project are Union College, the Knox County Health Coalition and Spread the Health Appalachia.

Union’s president, Marcia Hawkins, said Wednesday, “Union College is pleased to provide the green space for a new Barbourville community garden and to work with Grow Appalachia. We are confident that this project will over a focal point for community organizing that could lead to other stewardship efforts in the future.

If you need more information about the garden in Barbourville or next Friday’s meeting, you can contact LAHC ‘s Grow Appalachia Site Coordinator, Kathryn Engle, at (859) 893-0947, or email her at Kathryn.engle@uky.edu.

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