Secret Superheroes: Fort Valley State University Master Gardeners Battle Food Insecurity

In low-income neighborhoods, access to grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and high quality food can be difficult; however, there’s an easy way to increase access to healthy foods in lower-income communities: Master Gardeners.

Master Gardeners are volunteers with special horticulture training for research, teaching, and creating gardens in local communities, and Fort Valley State University Extension’s Master Gardener program in Lowndes County is working with local schools to bring local produce straight to the cafeteria. So far, eight schools participate in the program where students learn how to grow food. Lowndes County has an estimated 23,000 individuals experiencing food insecurity, and the Master Gardeners program will soon change that.

Curious who a Master Gardener is? Meet two from Fort Valley Extension here.

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