Community Gardens help people with developmental disabilities

By Andre Jones, Staff Writer

Community Gardens is a program that gives FM students an opportunity to help people

Community Gardens is a program that gives FM students an opportunity to help people with developmental disabilities.

The program got its start recently when a partnership between FM and Liberty Enterprises was reached. Liberty Enterprises, Amsterdam, provides services to people with disabilities and their families. The goal is for both students and clients to grow vegetables for a food pantry.

A small garden of vegetables located in the field behind the campus fitness center. Landscaping being done around the clock tower is an attempt to provide more growing space.

“The gardens can assist in biology classes, be recreational for sports such as cross-country skiing and allow students to be more hands – on.” John Van Bladel, project leader said. “Students will have more respect for the environment around them.”

The Garden Trail Group is open to everyone to who is interested in growing flowers and vegetables. Contact Van Bladel for more information.

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