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Cultivating Communities, Harvesting Hope

Page Park Community GardenCultivating Communities, Harvesting Hope is an initiative of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and the four communities we support.

 

What is Food Insecurity?

Charleston park, Page Park, Pine Manor, and Suncoast Estates are Lee County communities in need of revitilization. All share a long history of food insecurity, and each is definied as a food desert, an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or quality fresh food items. As a result, many residents in these communities develop poor eating habits which can lead to long-term health issues.

 

Our Program

Thanks to a generous grant from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, we are tackling this issue by assisting these communities to start or expand community gardens, offering cooking and nutrition classes for residents, and focusing on sustainable agriculture methods that work well for our subtropical climate.

By offering community residents a place to grow their wn food, participate in programs and workshops, they are acquiring marketable skills that can be an entry to employment, adnd building lasting friendships.  This initiative not only nurtures healthier communities, it also strengthens inter-community bonds through sharing resources.

 

Feature Story in FGCU Magazine on Arlo Simonds and the Pine Manor Community Center

Arlo Simonds' passion is visible as he shows visitors around the Pine Manor Community Center Garden in Fort Myers. Story link

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