Tarrant Area Food Bank to unveil demonstration, training garden
Tarrant Area Food Bank, with the support of Ridglea Christian Church and Archie’s Gardenland, has begun transforming what was a vacant lot into a demonstration garden and training center. The garden welcomes all those interested in garden projects aimed at feeding hungry people within their communities.
To celebrate the completion of the first development phase of the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) Learning Garden, a grand opening will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Learning Garden located on the property of Ridglea Christian Church in Fort Worth. Invited guests include community and local government leaders, participants in local community gardens, residents of the surrounding community, Learning Garden volunteers and TAFB community gardening and nutrition education staff, among others.
The TAFB Learning Garden will officially begin offering tours, classes and distribution of seeds in January 2015.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are considered essential to a healthy diet. While Tarrant Area Food Bank provides fresh produce to its partner hunger-relief charities for distribution to hungry families and individuals, it also seeks to expand the availability of such foods to hungry households through efforts such as community gardens and backyard home gardens. With the Learning Garden, TAFB staff and volunteers can demonstrate effective gardening methods for the Texas climate and train households and communities to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for community members struggling with hunger.
Community members interested in volunteering at the TAFB Learning Garden can sign up at http://www.tafb.org/Volunteer.html.