The garden is a focal point for teaching the community about the value of growing your own produce and increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
The benefits of the community garden program are:
- Gardening is a tool used to teach important life lessons on the responsibilities of manhood.
- Increasing community organization participation and camaraderie.
- Health benefits of physical activity, being outdoors, and good nutrition.
- Decreasing crime in the neighborhood as youth, program mentors and collaborating agency staff work in the garden and function as the “eyes” of the neighborhood.
- Developing the unused plot of land and creating a “green” space for growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
- Enabling inter-generations to partner together, learn teambuilding skills and patience.
- Improving air quality.
The Males Place aims to provide life skills to young men ages 12-18 to assist in their development as responsible adults. The program provides comprehensive and preventive health educational programs, enrichment experiences and resources necessary for appropriate manhood development. Youth group members are clients of the Males Place program and reside in neighborhoods that have the County’s highest rates of crime, teen pregnancy and chronic disease.
This innovative program is designed to educate youth in the areas of:
- good nutrition
- life skills
- basic gardening
The project launched on April 11, 2009 with a kickoff that was held to till the garden and build a fence surrounding the 5,000 square foot plot.
For more information, contact Jeremy Mills with Public Information at 704-301-8882.