Acworth, GA

Acworth Community Gardens Springing to Life with Volunteer Help, Local Business Support

DeanLand

As spring brings the greening of plants everywhere, groups of volunteers are helping the new Acworth Community Gardens spring to life.

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The Acworth Community Garden is a cooperative project between the City of Acworth and community volunteers.Photo: DeanLand

Following a formal groundbreaking ceremony in October, community volunteers gathered at the new gardens during the first weekends of March to prepare the gardens for their first planting. With expert assistance from the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, participants built and filled raised planting beds, prepped the soil, and spread dark mulch to control the growth of weeds and grass.

The new Acworth garden, located next to the Roberts School at 4767 School Street in Acworth, is a partnership between the City of Acworth and community volunteers. The project is designed to help engage the Acworth community in gardening, and also hopes to reduced food insecurity for senior adults.

During spring garden preparations, a host of Acworth and Cobb County businesses and volunteer groups answered the call for donations of supplies and help. Amplifying the direct requests to businesses and sponsors, social media posts on Facebook, NextDoor and other outlets reached out to the broader community. Responses came flowing in to support the new project, everything from flat cardboard to be used in the gardens, blueberries and other plants to fill the newly-built beds, and a host of garden tools. Service organizations such as the North Cobb Lions Club and the local Publix grocery responded, too, providing food, water and additional volunteer support.

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Supported by the City of Acworth and local businesses, volunteers built and filled with soil raised planters to host the new plants.Photo: DeanLand

The gardens also will host a plant swap for the community, scheduled April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the gardens. Experts from UGA Extension will be on hand with research-based information on gardening, turf, landscapes, and other topics. Free publications and free seeds also will be available.

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I'm a trained journalist, global traveler and retired business executive who worked for more than 20 years with some of the world's best and largest restaurant enterprises. I left the business world behind, living in Northwest Georgia and writing about avocations including outdoor excursions, family-friendly travel, road trips, exploration ideas for active seniors and some of my community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries, and I'm still counting up. I'm a traveler, hiker, cyclist, blogger, marketing consultant, community volunteer and local high school band nerd who previously has lived in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Mississippi. I'm a South Louisiana-born French Cajun whose great-grandparents were sugar farmers, bar owners and reputed bootleggers. My upbringing in food-rich Louisiana and my restaurant industry career affirmed my status as an over-qualified eater. That also inspired the name of my blog, OurTravelCafe.com. There, I offer up a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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