DHEC garden to demonstrate benefits of healthy food > Columbia Business Report

DHEC employees plant the first seeds in the agency's Community Demonstration Garden on the lawn of 2100 Bull St. (Photo/Provided)

A new garden created to demonstrate the rewards of healthy food items is underway at the S.C. Department of Wellbeing and Environmental Management.

DHEC broke floor on its Neighborhood Demonstration Back garden project on Friday. The yard aims to supply fresh fruits and greens, raise accessibility to healthy food, strengthen diet and promote a healthier life style.

The back garden, on the front lawn of 2100 Bull St., will donate its harvests to the Columbia Housing Authority and other charities. Create will also be applied all through Bureau of Group Nutrition Providers SNAP-Ed diet education courses. 

“Across South Carolina we have food deserts in rural and city places,” Edward Simmer, DHEC director, stated in a news launch. “Food deserts are places that have confined accessibility to economical and healthy foods these types of as fresh fruits, veggies, and complete grains. This restrictions the skill of community members to love the dietary gains of fresh foodstuff that are necessary to nutritious dwelling and sickness avoidance.”

DHEC’s Neighborhood Wellbeing Providers crew is also applying the job to produce academic products for communities and schools on how to plant and improve a prosperous yard. Going into the ground initial will be okra, lettuce, a range of beans, sweet potatoes, squash and watermelon.

“Often the most effective way to aid folks enhance their overall health is to give them the applications to support themselves,” Simmer reported. “By supporting those people in food items deserts produce group gardens, we are aiding guarantee these communities have a sustainable way to supply healthy foods decisions for themselves and their families.”

Achieve Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.