Local FoodCorps Project seeks community support

From staff and press reports

The national, non-profit FoodCorps program (www.foodcorps.org) has placed 2 service members in Louisville to build school gardens at Fair Elementary, Head Start and the Youth Garden near Eiland Middle School.

The service members will teach students about gardening, foods and nutrition and help initiate local farm to school efforts.

Local citizen involvement is needed. Gardening equipment and supplies are not paid for by the program.

Please call 662-779-2400 or 662-312-8004 if you have anything on this wish list to donate: wheel barrow, shovels, pitch forks, racks, watering cans, buckets (for watering and/or harvest), paint rollers/ paint brushes, primer, paint, tiller, harvest scale, hoes, planting pots, empty glass jars, trowels, spades, seeds, transplants, compost thermometer. Small, sturdy hand tools suitable for young hands would be especially useful.

Money contributions also much appreciated.

April Devine and Robert Antonello of FoodCorp recently talked with the Winston County Supervisors and Louisville Board of Aldermen to provide an update on the project.

The two FoodCorp members along have partnered with the Winston County Self Help to set up two gardens at Fair Elementary, a garden at the Winston County Headstart and two work with the 4-H group at the community garden near Eiland Middle School. The two Foodcopr members plan to alos use the gardens to enahce the children’s learning in each of the school subjects.

FoodCorp is a national nonprofit group and is funded through private sector donations from Whole Foods and the Kellogg Foundation. The program started last year and is now in 12 states. this is the first year in Winston County.

FoodCorps aims to “Help us encourage our youth toward healthy, homegrown foods.”