Union College, in partnership with Lend-A-Hand Center’s Grow Appalachia Program, Spread the Health Appalachia and the Knox County Health Coalition, will host an informational meeting on Friday, April 25, about a community garden project that will be located on the college’s Barbourville campus. The meeting will take place at the Union College Health & Natural Sciences building, room 168, at 6 p.m.
The community garden is tentatively planned for Judge Street, but the location has not been finalized. At the April 25 meeting, which is free and open to the public, those interested in participating in the garden project will learn how they can get started with resources and technical assistance from Grow Appalachia. Plots will be available for individual and community use.
“Union College is pleased to provide the green space for a new Barbourville community garden and work alongside with Grow Appalachia,” said Marcia Hawkins, Union College president. “We are confident that this project will help increase a sense of community spirit and offer a focal point for community organizing, which could lead to other stewardship efforts in the future.”
About Grow Appalachia
Founded in 2009, Grow Appalachia emphasizes food production in order to introduce as much no-cost, fresh, healthy food as possible to the region. The 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. Grow Appalachia has supported thousands of gardens through hundreds of community partnerships in five states; from backyard gardens to community gardens to school and summer camp gardens to greenhouses to mini-farms; producing more than 1,151,000 pounds of healthy, organic food for thousands of people in its first four years. The gardens are worked by nonprofits, farmers’ market entrepreneurs, the elderly, the Girl Scouts, inmates, the disabled, and others who believe a better food system equals better lives. For more information, visit www.growappalachia.org.
About Union College
Located in Barbourville and founded in 1879, Union College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is recognized as an important part of southeastern Kentucky’s rich history and impressive landscape. Home of the Bulldogs, Union is a private, liberal arts institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus a new school of nursing and online learning opportunities. The liberal arts experience is enhanced at Union because of the college’s strong commitment to personal attention for its nearly 1,200 students — both in and out of the classroom. For more information, visit unionky.edu.