Frederick, Md. community garden to receive green house

FREDERICK, Md. – Drilling, stacking bricks, and making the perfect mark. On Thursday, members of the Carver Apartments community were on a mission to enhance an already budding community garden.

“What we’re doing is trying to create an avenue to where the kids can grow healthy foods for themselves throughout the whole year,” said Michael Dickson, CEO of Seed of Life Nurseries, a nonprofit business focused on supporting the dietary needs of the local community.

Dickson contributed materials and leadership to the 15 by 40 foot greenhouse project spearheaded by the Housing Authority for the city of Frederick.

“The structure is hooped so that snow doesn’t get trapped on the top,” said Natasha Bowen Blair, the Healthy Families Initiative coordinator for the housing authority. “It’s covered in plastic so that it can stay warm inside all season.”

The Carver Apartments and Lucas Village are the two housing authority locations with a community garden. Through the Healthy Families Initiative, the Housing Authority continually expands both gardens.

The produce in both gardens, is planted, nurtured and harvested by community residents, who likely would not have access to healthy options without the neighborhood gardens.

Carver’s community garden serves about 10 to 15 families, including members of the Housing Authority’s youth garden club. The garden in Lucas Village also serves about 10 to 15 families, in addition to those in their respective youth garden club.

“It’s not just growing food for the community,” Bowens Blair said. “It’s really building community and having a lot of our resident gardeners and our youth out here working together.”

This year, both housing authority community gardens received flower beds, woodchip pathways and vertical garden towers. Through “Build Together Day,” Carver Apartments community garden will be home to two rain barrels, a compost area and a green house.

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