The Community Garden Network is a partnership of organizations in Athens that meets to collaborate on School and Community Garden Projects. The group meets quarterly and is comprised of the UGA Dept. of Horticulture Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, UGA Cooperative Extension, Athens Community Council on Aging, and Athens Land Trust.
The Community Garden Network (CGN) was formed in 2010 when the Athens Land Trust (ALT) received a three-year grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). As a result of this grant a network of fifteen community gardens were established in low-income communities throughout Athens-Clarke County.The network also includes twenty two school gardens and two major “hub” gardens that serve as demonstration and teaching sites. The mission of this program is to provide healthy, nutritious food for low-income families (including children, the elderly, and minority populations) by providing opportunities and support for them to grow their own.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful: KACCB is a nonprofit organization housed within the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department/Recycling Division. The mission of KACCB is to educate and empower citizens and businesses with the resources to take action as environmental stewards of litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification. KACCB can help you borrow tools from the Community Toolshed, recruit volunteers, and find a site for a new garden.
School Garden Network: Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful is the chair of the School Garden Committee, a sub-committee of the CGN which promotes and engages the community in school gardens. Those engaged in gardening on school property can find support and resources by visiting the school garden webpage, joining the school garden listserve, and contacting KACCB to be connected to the resources they need to maintain and use school gardens.
UGArden: This student organization is dedicated to the management of a 4-acre garden located on South Milledge Avenue, on university land formerly dedicated to sheep and hog farming. The garden began as a simple idea to provide a place for students to learn to raise food and promote sustainable gardening. The garden currently features fruit plantings, bee hives, green walls, medicinal herbs, a high tunnel and a woodland mushroom demonstration area.
Athens – Clarke County Extension Office: The ACC Extension Office provides research-based education in agriculture, horticulture, the environment, families, and 4-H/youth using a combination of resources from The University of Georgia, Athens-Clarke County, and the USDA.
UGA Materials Reuse Program: The purpose of the Material Reuse Program is to divert C+D (construction and demolition) waste from sites on the UGA campus and within the Athens region and actively reuse these “waste” materials on community-based and student projects. Students learn the value of reuse by utilizing reclaimed materials in hands-on landscape construction projects. In addition to the ecological benefits of diverting and reusing waste, salvaged materials provide numerous economic incentives and societal benefits. The Material Reuse Program is a part of the College of Environment & Design.
ALT Office: 706-613-0122
From UGA Cooperative Extension
Home Gardening, Westerfeil
Growing Vegetables Organically, Boyhan et al.
Vegetable Gardening in Georgia, Westfield & Linvill
Vegetable Garden Calendar, McLaurin et al.
Mulching Vegetables, Westerfield
When to Harvest Vegetables, Westerfield
Disease Control in the Home Vegetable Garden, Langston & Eaker
On the Web
“Organic Gardening’s All-Time Best Gardening Secrets.” Organic Gardening. (1990): Pages 2 – 32
B.F. Marshall, et al. Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Resource for Every Gardener. New York: Rodale Press, 1978
Some of Our Community Gardens