Community Gardens of Henry County
WHO ARE WE?
Community Gardens of Henry, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2003 whose mission is to promote the well-being of the community by providing gardening opportunities and a healthy food source for Henry residents of all ages. We started our program after hearing a presentation on community gardening by a food bank representative at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Georgia. Our first initiative was at Heritage Park when we partnered with our Henry County Commissioners to build the very first community garden in our county.
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
A robust community gardening program is available for Henry County residents which includes gardening instruction, field trips and garden events. Community Gardens is offering this wholesome outdoor program to our county residents especially as we continue to cope with the effects of Covid and rising inflation which increases the cost of fresh, wholesome food for our tables. We operate a community garden at The Wesley Way United Methodist Church with twenty-nine plots where gardeners grow their own fresh vegetables.
In addition to our community garden program, we also have plant-a-row gardens where we grow vegetables for donation to food banks, and other charitable organizations in Henry County. These gardens are operated by our nonprofit and its volunteer partners. This year we grew, harvested and donated more than 3,500 lbs. of produce from our plant-a-row operation at Wesley Way United Methodist Church. We have donated more than 115,000 lbs. of fresh vegetables since our beginning. Another plant-a-row will start up this Spring at the Henry County Water Authority’s Cubihatcha Outdoor Recreation Center in Locust Grove. A start up grant program was introduced in 2021 to encourage new garden development in our county.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?
The cost of becoming a member of the non-profit is a one-time $25.00 membership fee. Gardening plots are $25.00 per plot annually and are available on a “first come first serve basis”.