The Global Growers Network of Refugee Family Services will celebrate the grand opening of Decatur’s Kitchen Garden with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, March 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 am. This market garden is a collaboration with the United Methodist Children’s Home, Oakhurst Community Garden Project, and Edible Yard & Garden, with support from the City of Decatur and DeKalb County Board of Health. Speakers for the event include Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd and S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health.

Decatur’s Kitchen Garden is designed to foster community, offer education about healthy food traditions and growing practices, and enhance biodiversity through cutting-edge sustainable resource management. Through a Global Growers market initiative, good produce will generate supplemental income for community producers when it is distributed directly to DeKalb County residents through local markets, restaurant liaisons, community food co-ops and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

“The Garden will host more than an acre of urban market garden space, to be cultivated by culturally diverse community producers from our local refugee communities and nearby neighborhoods,” stated Susan Pavlin, Director of Global Growers Network. “A range of annual and perennial foods, with an emphasis on specialty cultural crops, will be grown at this community market garden site,” she continued.

The groundbreaking event will take place on the grounds of the United Methodist Children’s Home located at 500 S. Columbia Drive in Decatur. The event is outdoors, so the planning committee is asking all who would like to attend to wear “outdoor” shoes.

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