Clarksville Housing Authority installs first community garden Bonnie Portillo. April 08, 2019.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW)- A variety of community members came together for the installation of the first Clarksville Housing Authority community garden on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Moore Magnet STEM School, Clarksville Master Gardener interns, UT Extension, Austin Peay State University Community Engagement, Clarksville Housing Authority, and other community partners have started the process of installing a community garden in the Summit Heights community.
Ptosha Maclin, Principle of Moore Magnet School described how the project idea started.

“Back in the summer, Shanale Allen came to Moore Magnet and one of ours goals this year is community connections. So we made a community connection to take the skills that the students learn at Moore and to be able to bring it back to their own neighborhoods, because that is what STEM is all about: Taking that content knowledge and making real world connections and making a difference,” Maclin said.

Moore Magnet School’s STEM program has partnered with families in Summit Heights to help maintain the garden. Moore Magnet is green certified and has a thriving outdoor classroom experience with the garden program.

“We want to create something for the community to gather around, a safe space where it can always be a learning opportunity and sharing meals together,” Shanale Allen with the Clarksville Housing Authority said.

Over the next two weeks the boxes will be painted and planting will begin. The children who help finish the installation will then be able to name the plants in the garden after themselves. Allen says they are also working with local hunger program Manna Café Ministries to eventually sell the produce from the garden at the local farmers market.

When asked how the community could help with the garden Allen says, “We are looking for educators, anyone that would like to come out and teach some gardening education to youth and families. We are seeking volunteers that can give us more information about recycling and composting and really showing us a way to reduce that carbon footprint.”

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