The Healthy Gardens program began in 2011 with 12 gardens in the Cheatham Place Community in North Nashville. Those 12 gardens grew to 88 gardens in 3 counties in Middle Tennessee in 2016. In 2017 the number of gardens has grown to 117!
LST provides everything needed for gardeners to grow their own gardens from raised-bed garden kits and soil to seeds and plants and watering cans and so much more. Education is offered before the season begins and continues throughout the growing season. Many of the gardeners choose to plant crops in each of the Spring, Summer, and Fall growing season.
While the gardens produce many healthy vegetables, they provide intangible benefits as well. Gardeners express the joy they experience as they do the hands on work in their gardens. Some find that the activity helps relieve them of worries. Others express satisfaction in being able to supplement meals from picking produce right outside their doors.
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