Author: Kim Hines

GARDENING AT NIGHT … WITH AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY DIETETIC INTERNS & MASTERS PROGRAM STUDENTS

Students from Augusta University’s dietetic & nutrition programs – including post-graduate interns and MA students – have contributed more than 1000 hours of skilled volunteer time to our efforts over the last three years. Every once in a while, we get them all together for a fun evening … like this one!  Thank you all for your great...

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BASKING IN BASIL … AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Here’s to the end of another summer of beautiful basil at the teaching in the gardens at the Department of Health on Laney Walker Blvd. Our garden manager/educator Robert Sims of R&R Sustainable Farms has a unique talent for getting many new people involved. Stay tuned for extensive SNAP ED programming in this garden and others throughout Richmond County in 2018....

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SOUTHERN NATIVE PLANTINGS AT LONGWOOD PLANTATION

IT’S MEET MY FARMER MONDAY! Mike and Karen Smith are farmers’ farmers. From their busy piece of rural paradise in tiny Newington, GA, this powerhouse couple does a unique kind of agriculture: they help others grow their farms. “We call ourselves ‘farm-assists,” Karen laughs with a signature twinkle in her voice. Simply put: Mike is a soil sage and Karen is a plant whisperer. Together their individually managed businesses are known collectively as Southern Native Plantings at Longwood Plantation. It all started 14 years ago, after Mike – a Georgia Tech grad – left his almost 30-year corporate career...

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SCHOOL GARDEN INSTALLATION – WITH BAYVALE ELEMENTARY

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  And in this case, the willpower comes straight from teacher and school garden champion Jessica Moore Shuff.  Ms. Shuff first pitched her idea for a school garden at Bayvale Elementary at a Georgia Food Oasis meeting earlier this year.  Since then, a small army of supporters have embraced her vision, including a local funder, student volunteers from Helms College, and urban farmer Robert Sims of R & R Sustainable Farms who hopes to start a garden club with after school students. This week, that energy culminated in a four-bed garden install, just...

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