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LU helps residents with fall Community Garden project

The Lamar University Community Outreach Program assisted residents of the “Heart of the City Neighborhood” in forming a non-profit corporation for residents who are working together in the spirit of the community and friendship to establish the Community Garden.  The Community Garden will grow food collaboratively and sustainably in an effort to help neighborhood residents, especially senior citizens who are experiencing food insecurity, as well as developing and designing other related programs. The LU outreach program has also recruited Lamar students to help work and prepare the garden for the fall planting.

The residents held a Community Garden Party on July 20 to kick off their fall Community Garden.  The Community Garden is located at 1205 Roberts Ave. in Beaumont on property donated by McCabe-Roberts Avenue Church.

 The garden has twelve raised beds available to neighborhood residents and friends to plant and grow vegetables and flowers. In addition to feeding neighbors, the non-profit entity, Growing Community, Inc., has developed after-school and summer programs for children in the neighborhood utilizing the garden as a laboratory.

For more information about this community project contact Ava Graves, executive director, Growing Community Inc. at (832) 878-6499 or ava4rod@att.net or Elton Payne, director, Lamar University Community Outreach Program, at (409) 880-7983 or elton.payne@lamar.edu.