Lanier FFA, along with its community and sponsors, officially unveiled the new Lanier Community Garden with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, on Thursday, April 17.
Lanier FFA is putting the culture back in agriculture with a multifaceted project that is bringing their urban community together in order to produce healthy food close to home, save money and learn more about the people and cultures of their neighbors. The project donates vegetables, honey, eggs and meat raised to the Capital Area Food Bank.
The purpose of the garden is to educate students and the community on the importance, feasibility and cost savings of growing and eating healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Lanier agriculture students and families from the Multicultural Refugee Coalition are the first garden tenants, but more plots will be available for members of the Lanier Community.
The Lanier FFA Garden was made possible as a part of the FFA: Food for All Grant program and the Green Grant received through collaboration between the Northwest Austin Rotary Club and the Rotary Club Monterrey Obispado, in Mexico.
The National FFA: Food for All Grant program allows chapters to apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to research, develop, and implement solutions to identified needs in their school or community.