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Community garden project acquires new site
Jubilee Farm to provide food for hungry, nutritional education
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An empty lot at the intersection of Davis and Pine Streets is the site of the community garden Jubilee Farm.

How to help

What: Jubilee Farm, a community garden project, needs volunteers

More info: Frank Armstrong, farmstrong3@charter.net

A new site has been identified for Jubilee Farm, a community garden project of the Hall Green Alliance that aims to provide food to the hungry and nutritional education to local residents.

Initial plans were to locate the garden on a half-acre vacant lot at the corner of Grove and Davis streets in the industrial part of Gainesville.

But that property is a designated brownfield site, and environmental pollutants from former commercial and industrial uses appear to have contaminated the land and made it incompatible for a garden.

“It just didn’t work out,” said Frank Armstrong, a Gainesville attorney helping to spearhead the project. “The soil was not suitable.”

Now, organizers have acquired land at the corner of Davis and Pine streets to develop the garden, and mulch — leaves and manure — have already been dumped on the site to

enrich the soil.

“It’s really a better property,” Armstrong said.

The garden will provide an opportunity for people to share in the benefits of homegrown produce, Armstrong said, and food grown at the site will be distributed to local charities, including Good News at Noon, the Salvation Army, Georgia Mountain Food Bank and Junior Service League of Gainesville.

According to a concept statement, “Local food production and urban gardening is a preferable alternative to industrial agriculture and our far-flung transportation system.”

Armstrong said the garden would rely on volunteer support for upkeep and educational purposes.

“Now it’s up to the organization to get going,” he added.

Armstrong said the nonprofit will hold an organizational meeting in January, elect a board of directors and begin moving forward with the project.

He hopes to begin planting in the spring and producing food by the summer.

“We’re looking for more volunteers,” Armstrong said.

For more information, to volunteer or to join the board of directors, contact Armstrong at Farmstrong3@charter.net.

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