Community Garden meeting planned for March 22

Published on
March 10, 2016

Community Garden meeting planned for March 22 According to the “signs” around Barbourville, the Spring planting season is almost here. Local residents can sign up to join the city’s community garden on Tuesday, March 22, during an informational session held at the garden site.

Union College, in partnership with the Grow Appalachia team from the Lend-A-Hand Center, is hosting the informational meeting to encourage participation in the community garden during the 2016 season. At the meeting, participants can discuss garden plot assignments and learn about resources available to support them during the gardening season.

This is the third year Barbourville’s community partners have joined together to support garden. The project partners hope to see the garden grow in size and support.

“The community garden is a wonderful service program that brings our campus and town together for a common purpose,” said Dr. Marcia Hawkins, Union College President. “There are so many lessons that can be learned from the community garden; lessons of environmental stewardship, team building and service. I’m hopeful participation in the program will continue to grow.”

The informational meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at The Center for Civic Engagement, located next to the community garden at 100 Judge Street. The garden program is free and open to the public and anyone with interest in gardening is welcome to attend.

For more information about the meeting, or to sign up for a garden plot, please contact Robin Ferrel, Union College Student Programming Assistant, at (606) 546-1361 or or Kathryn Engle, LAHC Grow Appalachia Site Coordinator, at (859) 893-0947 or

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