Suwanee to hold public meeting for community garden June 10

SUWANEE - City officials are encouraging anyone interested in participating in the community garden to attend the first public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 10 at City Hall.

The meeting is being held to discuss how the organic garden, which will be located on an old seven-acre farm property between Buford Highway and White Street, should be created. Officials will take the community's interest and input into consideration when determining what type of plots, and how many, will be created and deciding on additional park elements.

In its May 26 meeting, after receiving 15 proposals, the city approved a contract with Team Agro-Engineers for "professional design and construction management services" not to exceed $42,700. Agro-Engineers includes Farmer D Organics, Southeastern Engineering Inc. and Irrigation Consultant Services.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the city of Suwanee on such a pioneering project," said Daron Joffe of Farmer D. "Creating a community garden will provide children and their families with meaningful memories that inspire healthy eating, an appreciation for nature and knowledge in agriculture."

Jessica Roth, assistant to the city manager, said Agro-Engineers is "passionate about organic and community gardening, sustainability" and the city's park site.

"We feel confident that they're the right team to help us get the community excited about this project and to help us figure out a way to take community gardening to the next level," she said.

At least two additional public meetings are scheduled for later in the summer, officials said.