The purpose of the BTC Center Garden called Planted in Homewood (PIH), is to provide gardeners (of all ages) with access to fresh foods, exercise, knowledge of gardening, and tips on healthy food preparation. The garden, was initially started by Aftyn Giles, Ashley Byrd, and Karla Byrd, they transformed a vacant lot into an urban green space.
Eating locally produced food and having access to green space can significantly restore the well-being of a community. In 2018-2019, the garden harvested an assortment of greens, peas, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, beets, and herbs and met our goal to provide healthy organic food to families. Some of the vegetables were served to those attending the Baptist Temple church’s community Thanksgiving dinner.
With the pandemic we realized we needed to expand the garden and use it to serve the community with fresh produce, education for the community and help feed the homeless. Under the leadership of Missy Terrell, support from Aftyn Giles and the community we have exceeded our expectation.
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