Community garden helps food insecurities with steady growth

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) — When we first caught up with Charlene Keith in early 2021, she recently launched the Windsor Forest Neighbors Feeding Neighbors food giveaway.

For a while, give food its own alley.

Well, it’s grown a lot since then, now serving thousands of people on a regular basis, which inspired Charlene to add something new, to help them serve the community in more ways than one.

“It’s our community garden.”

This community garden is just the latest tool used by Charlene Keith and Neighbors Feeding Neighbours.

“Some may not be able to afford to go to the store to buy their own produce. We have a lot of food insecurity and we are trying to solve that with the garden,” Keith said.

Enable people, for free, to grow their own food.

“They can either use the vegetables for their own use at home, or we can bring them to the giveaway and support the larger community,” Keith said.

Get your hands dirty and maybe learn a little along the way.

“It’s a great teaching tool for our children. Our high school students, our students at home. They can go out and be taught by our master gardeners about what to plant, how it should be planted and the growth and development of our vegetables here,” Keith said.

And with everything you get, the only thing they ask for in return.

“You have to commit to going out and running your own box. We have raised beds; you have to come take care of your own beds,” Keith said.

So, like growing food, eliminating hunger takes work.

“It’s old school; it’s old school. But it’s so rewarding, really. Just to come here and see how we plant our seedlings and how they grow,” Keith said.

And the more seeds you plant, the more growth there is to see, in the garden and in our community.

“I believe this is our first garden. I believe there are two, three, four, five gardens to come as a result of this garden,” she said.

Growing in the community garden is free but there is an application process.

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