By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
The Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi – Booneville Unit will kick off its “Garden of Knowledge” project with an Earth Day Celebration on Monday. Corinth Bureau reporter Lena Mitchell talked with Unit Director Angelique Jumper about the project.
Q. What is the “Garden of Knowledge” project and when does it begin?
A. We are involving the community – individuals and businesses – in a project to help establish a community garden to educate youth, adults and the community about nutrition by studying plants and how they fit into each of our lives. The program also will raise awareness of childhood hunger and obesity. We have a kickoff event 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Northeast Mississippi Community College Black and Gold Room with guest speakers, gardening exhibits, and people can sign up to participate and help us. Refreshments will be served.
Q. What do you hope Boys & Girls Club youths and others will learn through the program?
A. Youths will gain awareness and life skills, as well as a chance to explore career and educational opportunities including how to plant and maintain a garden. Everyone will be empowered by learning information that will help them build healthy families through good nutrition, as well as improving their health through the physical work in the garden, and then harvesting and eating the results of their work.
Q. How can the community help?
A. We’re already getting great support from people like Luzene Triplett and John Burress, who are letting us use their land for the garden on Anderson Street across from the elementary school. Businesses are helping us, like Sodexho providing refreshments for our Monday kickoff, and 4-H Master Gardeners are helping us with their knowledge. What we need is more volunteers, as well as tools, plants, potting soil, pots and many other items to bring this project to reality. We’ll meet at the garden site Saturday with Mayor Joe Eaton, business owners and others to officially begin our work and invite as many people as want to participate to come out and help us. Call for more information at (662) 210-0841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.