Organic Garden In Atlanta Maintained By Homeless

A Georgia-based homeless shelter has been using a rooftop garden to teach those who go for support there the importance of providing healthy food choices for ourselves. The shelter, called the Metro Atlanta Task Force, also uses the garden to give the homeless good job and life skills that can be used to not only feed them for the time being but also help them prepare for a better future.



The project began in 2009 and consists of 80 raised bed gardens which produce carrots, chard, collards, kale, peppers, tomatoes and more.

“Everything involves the residents, and our whole building is a certification effort,” says Anita Beaty, executive director for the facility in an interview with Vice.

Residents of the facility also have nothing but good things to say about the project, with Romeo Mack, resident gardener at the facility, telling Vice.

“Life can get you down, man. Nobody wants to be homeless. Being up here, away from everything, really helps you reflect on what you did before in your life… Plants and people can both piss you off. Something gets knocked over by wind or by another resident or something… you can’t just rip it up or knock it down. Same way you can’t just hit somebody. That doesn’t solve your problems. You gotta learn how to make it work, how to do your job. You learn stuff up here, you really do. And you leave a better person.”

And that’s what gardening can do – not just provide ourselves with a good harvest but allow us to reflect on the very nature of life through the plants that we care for. Hopefully that inspires one of you out there to either start gardening yourselves or look at your hobby in a different light if you’re already part of the gardening community.

Source : Realfarmacy
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