CULTIVATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

This program has been funded for 2 years: October 2017 – September 2019.

Partner organizations in the community: River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

FOG is a partner with Alachua County on a grant-funded project provided through the Aetna Foundation to provide healthy options and activities to clients at the Alachua County Work Release Program and Metamorphosis, a long-term, community-based, residential treatment program for adult chronic substance dependent clients. Vegetable gardens were installed at each location, and program participants are taught about organic gardening practices and related subjects through a series of monthly workshops, and hands on maintenance in the gardens, including garden design, planting, composting and soil amendments, natural pest control, harvesting, food preservation, cooking, nutrition, and increasing self-awareness, communication skills, and leadership abilities.

Adding soil to the new herb box for the kitchen at Metamorphosis.

Adding soil to the new herb box for the kitchen at Metamorphosis.

Adding soil to the new herb box for the kitchen at Metamorphosis.

Adding soil to the new herb box for the kitchen at Metamorphosis.