Free gardening classes aim to end hunger

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 1:15pm
Staff reports

Free community gardening classes will be offered Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 at the Hadley Park Regional Community Center in north Nashville.

The classes are courtesy of Community Food Advocates, a group whose mission is to end hunger and create a healthy and sustainable food system. The organization’s Community Gardens project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The class on Friday, Oct. 29 will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by training at 6 p.m. The session on Saturday, Oct. 30 begins at 9 a.m.

Bobby Wilson, American Community Gardening Association president and urban agriculture activist, will lead the classes. Wilson will be joined by local agricultural and community leaders including farmer Freddie Haddox of Mamushi Nature Farm and conflict resolution specialist Rowland Huddleston of Mediation Works!

The training sessions will use the Atlanta Urban Garden Leadership training manual crafted by the University of Georgia. The training is said to provide an in-depth exploration of the practices and strategies community organizers and neighbors can use to develop strong gardening programs.
The cost of the training is free but space is limited. Those interested are encouraged to register early by calling 385-2286 ext. 222.