A program of Live Healthy Gwinnett, Harvest Gwinnett was launched in 2019 to connect community members through hands-on environmental education, plant fresh produce to improve resident food access, and nurture engagement opportunities leading to improved health outcomes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, community gardens act as health promoters. They decrease mental and physical stress levels in adults while enhancing mobility, socialization, and community impact. As a response to Gwinnett's growing need for access to fresh foods, Harvest Gwinnett works alongside community partners to close the meal gap by implementing community gardens, nutrition education, food distributions, and more.
In partnership with Gwinnett Parks and Recreation, Live Healthy Gwinnett maintains and operates three community gardens in Lawrenceville, Snellville, and Norcross. Each garden has leasable 4’x8’ plots that residents can apply to rent and maintain on an annual basis. To fight food insecurity and Knockout Hunger, community share-rows at each garden are planted, maintained, and harvested with all produce being donated locally to residents in partnership with health and human services, cooperative ministries, housing authorities, and more. Ready to get your hands dirty?! Our friends with UGA Extension Gwinnett will soon be offering an array of programs for all ages and abilities from Gardening 101 to Pest Management; check back for a listing of activities. To volunteer or learn more, contact HarvestGwinnett@GwinnettCounty.com
Located in Rhodes Jordan Park at 225 Benson Street, Lawrenceville, this is Harvest Gwinnett's first community garden open in May 2020. In partnership with the city of Lawrenceville, Food Well Alliance, and Gwinnett Health and Human Services, harvests from the community share-rows at this garden help to increase fresh food access to older adults. All plots at this garden are full for the 2020 season. Submit an application to be placed on the waiting list.
Did you know Live Healthy Gwinnett recieved an Urban Agriculture Grant from Food Well Alliance to support the Lawrenceville Community Garden? Check out our Lawrenceville Community Food Forum held on March 21, 2019 that kicked off garden initiatives happening here in Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta!