Each year, Step ONE awards grants to applicants throughout Hamilton County who are interested in starting Teaching Garden Programs in their communities. The vision for the Teaching Garden Program is to create involvement and awareness to the connection between quality of diet and quality of health for children and their families. In addition, these gardens offer opportunities for people to learn valuable skills such as communication, responsibility, teamwork and leadership. These gardens are commonly focused in areas most affected by food access issues and in lower socio-economic communities; however, all applicants with a vision for improving nutrition and gardening education are considered.
To date, Step ONE has funded 40 teaching gardens. Locations include elementary schools, Youth and Family Development Centers, Chattanooga Housing Authority neighborhoods, churches, libraries and more.
Hamilton County Community Gardens
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If you are interested in starting a teaching garden, please contact Renee Craig at (423) 209-8090.