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September 24, 2012

Grant awarded to install community garden in Harrisburg neighborhood

MILLEDGEVILLE — Funding from the Knight Community Foundation is helping to make Milledgeville and Baldwin County a healthy, sustainable community. A new project in the Harrisburg community is continuing this effort. The Milledgeville Community Garden Association (MCGA) and Baldwin County Parks and Recreation Department proposed for the Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) to provide a grant to go toward creating a community garden in the Harrisburg neighborhood. 

The CFCG, which receives funds from the Knight Foundation, awarded $13,350 in early June to help move the project concept forward at the Collins P. Lee Center.

The proposal also includes a plan to place a mile-long edible walking trail around and behind the Harrisburg community center — a former elementary school with the kitchen and cafeteria area currently remaining.

Though the Collins P. Lee Center sits on property owned by the county, it is managed by the Baldwin County Parks and Recreation. The project is currently at a standstill while the county and MCGA reach a full understanding of their roles in the initiative, according to organizers.

During the county commission meeting last week, commissioner-elect Tommy French questioned the status of the grant awarded and shared his concerns that the money may be taken back by the grantees at CFCG if the project does not progress soon. County Manager Ralph McMullen said the issue is the legality of using the public property for some of the proposal items. The commission largely knew nothing of the award or of the efforts to get the project moving.

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