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Flint River Fresh, volunteers build community garden

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Flint River Fresh, a Dougherty County nonprofit, has planted a community garden in Putney Park.

Lafaysha Handy is a volunteer with Turner Job Corps.

“My aunt owns a farm, so I wanted to get out there and get some experience on my own, because I don’t often get the chance to go there,” Handy said. “I hope to gain a bit more knowledge about when to plant the plants and how long they will live and things like that.”

Volunteers from various organizations showed up to help.

This was part of United Way of Southwest Georgia’s “Day of Caring.”

Fredando Jackson is the executive director of Flint River Fresh. He said this event goes beyond just planting produce for the day.

“We also have a website where we have a lot of ‘do it yourself’ information,” Jackson said. “So I just want people to know that we’re posting content and resources to help the everyday grower have more confidence in growing food.”

Fredando “Farmer Fredo” Jackson is the executive director of Flint River Fresh. He said this event goes beyond just planting produce for the day.(WALB)

Jackson also works to educate people about agriculture through youth programs and other initiatives.

This initiative was started with a grant to the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners after winning the Healthy Cities, Healthy Counties challenge. Their goal is to make fresh food more accessible to Dougherty County residents.

Jackson said his organization frequently partners with other organizations like Feed the Valley, where they find farmers with a surplus crop that they can donate and distribute.

The garden will be open to the public where people can come and collect what they need.

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