Located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., the LMU Organic Gardening Project was organized in January of 2010. It was created to give the community a place to learn about organic gardening. Additionally it aims to provide families who may not have access to land or other resources, a chance to grow healthy, cost-effective organic produce.
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The LMU Organic Garden facilities are located on the south side of campus adjacent to the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine near the roundabout. The garden includes two green houses and is split into two sections. The adult garden consists of 75 raised beds and ¾ of an acre community garden. The adult section includes three wheel chair accessible raised beds. The children's garden consists of 25 raised beds and a ¼ acre community garden. Additionally, there is a ¼ acre produce market garden which is used to teach young adults successful market skills.
Garden members have the opportunity to grow their own food in individual beds. Additionally they have access to a classroom/kitchen to attend weekly meetings each Monday, which often include guest speakers. Classes are offered for planting and soil preparation, canning and healthy eating. Produce is shared with local families and community food banks.
"We strive to offer a place to learn about gardening, nutrition, and the preparation and preservation of food in healthful ways, while at the same time leaving Mother Earth better than we found it for future generations," said Bill Clayton, the garden manager. "We offer the people in our community a place to garden, and provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our neighbors in need. We consider our youth to be our number one priority and believe that working together in the LMU Organic Garden brings friendship, fellowship, fun, and lifetime memories."
Funded in part by grants from Grow Appalachia in Berea, Ky., and the Cumberland Natural Resource Association, the LMU Organic Garden offers free beds, seeds, home gardens and plants to its members.
The LMU Organic Garden is managed by Bill Clayton and Sue Granger. Bonnie Banks is the green house manager and administrative duties handled by Debbie Clayton. Applications are available by contacting Bill Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sue Granger at email@example.com or Debbie Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the organization call Bill Clayton at 423.441.9133.
The LMU Organic Gardening Project is a partner site of Grow Appalachia, www.growappalachia.org an outreach education and service project of Berea College. It is funded by the generosity of John Paul Dejoria, co-founder and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, Inc. Grow Appalachia emphasizes food production in order to introduce as much no-cost, fresh healthy food as possible to the region. The basic goal is to help as many families grow as much of their own food as possible.