Keep Jones Beautiful Executive Director Steve Smith said the basic idea for the gardens is to create a self-reliant sustainable small community to help create a sustainable larger society.
“Food is the linchpin for that,” Smith said. “Food affects public health, energy, water, and communications.”
The director expressed his gratitude to all who came out to help at Saturday’s ground breaking including Katie Williams White, members of the Gray Garden Club, Gray Mayor Gus Wilson, County Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins, Commissioner Daylon Martin, the pastor and members of Jordan Chapel AME Church, and residents of the Haddock Community.
He said the community gardens are not about making the community beautiful or keeping people busy. It is about improving health.
“This is a project you can do on a shoestring, and it has an immediate payoff for the community. The community works together, and having a successful project like the gardens will help with future grants,” Smith said.
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