Florence Residents Participate in Community’s First Raised-Bed Garden

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sonja Zelada and her daughter are learning how to garden. A skill that will benefit her in multiple ways.

“Well, there’s a whole bunch of things I’m personally getting out of it. One thing is that I’m teaching my daughter how to do it. And so we have bonding time. Plus, I’m learning more. I’m doing organic food cause it’s healthier.” said Zelada.

Zelada is one of many residents participating in Florenceā€™s first community raised-bed garden.

Lelia Wissert, with the Alabama Cooperative extension System, explored the idea about a year and a half ago.

The project provides residents an opportunity to practice their gardening skills and feed themselves.

“We want folks to find out what it takes to grow a garden. Then they’ll able to feed their family and safe money and have a healthier family,” said Wissert.

There are fifty-three beds on site. The project will help feed about two-hundred people in the Shoals.

Out of the fifty-three beds, two will be used for teaching; six for research and the rest are reserved for Florence residents.

The project is supported through multiple sponsors and is aimed to stay open year round.

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