Free workshop for churches interested in community gardens

DACULA — The Gwinnett Health Department will host a free workshop next week for local faith organizations interested in starting a community garden.

Held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 16, at the Covenant Fellowship International in Dacula, the workshop will cover a variety of gardening topics: soil preparation, soil management, composting, vermiculture, crop management and more.

The workshop will be led by Rashid Nuri, founder of the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture in Atlanta.

Community gardens are areas where neighbors can gather to cultivate plants, vegetables and fruits, and, ideally, contribute to nutrition, physical activity, community engagement and economic vitality for the community involved.

The workshop’s host, Covenant Fellowship International, started such a garden in earlier this year with its youth group.

“It has been a great experience for the youth so far,” said founder Randy Simonette. “They are learning about healthy food choices, getting physical exercise and growing food for persons who need the nourishment.”

Pre-registration is required. Faith groups that register by Sunday will also receive a free on-site consultation by the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.

To sign up, contact Philonda Short at pmshort@dhr.state.ga.us or 404-651-5436.

Covenant Fellowship International is located at 75 Dacula Road, Dacula.