Arlington Community Garden Mission:
To enhance environmental justice by providing healthy food for those who do not have access to it, by growing that food using sound environmental practices, and in so doing provide opportunities to learn about environmental stewardship and healthier lifestyles.
How They Accomplish Their Mission:
*They provide healthy food for those who do not have access to it
by dedicating our 35 plots to growing food for the food pantry at Arlington Community Services, which is currently their only source of fresh produce. The garden is managed by volunteers who "adopt" a plot for the pantry. The Garden provides irrigated raised beds, the seedlings, and any soil amendments needed as well as gardening advice. The volunteers provide the labor.
*They grow that food using sound environmental practices by gardening using organic gardening methods.
*They provide opportunities to learn about environmental stewardship and healthier life styles by collaborating with Tree Hill Nature Center on their educational outreach efforts, by offering several educational tables at Tree Hill's annual Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival, and by offering easy and healthy recipes to clients at the food pantry so they are comfortable trying out healthy foods that may be new to them.
The Arlington Community Garden is a collaboration between Tree Hill Nature Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville as well as Jacksonville University. The Garden is located on the grounds of Tree Hill at the Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater and also receives a great deal of monetary, in-kind, and labor support from Tree Hill. The Unitarian Universalist Church also provides monetary and labor support for the Garden.
If you are interested in supporting the Arlington Community Garden by making a donation, tending the garden or if you have any questions please email email@example.com.