The Union Recorder

May 5, 2012

MHA family initiates project for healthy, sustainable living

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Terry and Angie Burt-Reid recently initiated a project to not only teach their seven home-schooled children the benefits of sustainable living, but also provide the community and Milledgeville Housing Authority (MHA) residents with healthy, organic foods through the creation of a community garden located in the Graham Homes neighborhood.

The Reid family is currently using an area of 30 by 30 feet in their front yard to grow various crops in a hoop house, including collards, cabbage, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, strawberries, watermelon, cucumber, onions, zucchini and corn. They are in the midst of planning to use the 100 by 100-foot available space near the main office off of Jefferson Street to incorporate a worm garden, elderly and disabled garden with high-raised beds, children’s garden and a demonstration garden to use during developmental camps.

A carpentry camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25 for 13 to 18-year-olds to teach youth how to cut materials and treat soil.

A Youth Diggers Camp will follow in the third phase of the project for 4- to 14-year-olds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28 through Friday, June 1.

Personal plots can be rented out by MHA residents for free while the community can purchase a plot for a small fee in order to help cover the cost of equipment and crops.

The Reid family gives appreciation for the support received so far from the MHA Commissioners, Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, Milledgeville Community Garden Association, Birthflowers, Digital Bridges, Lockerly Arboretum and Georgia College Center for Health and Social Issues Director Jim Lidstone. The community is urged to continue donating funds and supplies in order to offset the project cost of $2,400.

MHA residents and community members interested in signing up for and purchasing garden plots will have the opportunity to receive additional information during a workshop scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18.

For more information about the MHA community garden or to donate materials, funds, or time, call the Reid’s at (478) 451-9199 or e-mail houseofreid@gmail.com.