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
- Dacula Park Community Garden (205 Dacula Road, Dacula)
- E. E. Robinson Park Community Garden (885 Level Creek Road, Sugar Hill)
- Graves Park Community Garden (1500 Graves Road, Norcross)
- J. B. Williams Park Community Garden (4935 Five Forks-Trickum Road, Lilburn)
- Lawrenceville Community Garden (225 Benson Street, Lawrenceville)
- Lenora Park Community Garden (3195 Lee Road, Snellville)
- Peachtree Ridge Park Community Garden (3170 Suwanee Creek Road, Suwanee)
- Vines Park Community Garden (3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville)
- West Gwinnett Park Community Garden (4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake)
- What cool season greens are planted in early spring and how to plant, maintain and harvest them. Learn why they are part of a healthy diet and how to use them in cool recipes.
- How to identify pollinators and how they choose specific plants as host and nectar plants. Using this knowledge, you will design a pollinator garden for your home landscape.
- Which crops thrive in warm summer months and how to grow them.
In partnership with Gwinnett Parks and Recreation, we planted more than 12,000 food bearing plans and pollinators across 19 parks - roughly 20 acres! Lookout for signage designating the future food forest areas and watch us grow!
With a shortage of pollinators across the nation, this project supports the ecological betterment for all, especially the productivity of both public and private gardens across Gwinnett. Visits from bees and other pollinators also result in larger, more flavorful fruits and higher crop yields which supports the delivery of nutrient-dense meal components to residents facing food insecurity. Through the development of these sites, we have integrated a diverse assemblage of pollinating species that provide important feeding and nesting grounds for over 100 species of animals.
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!