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Group hopes to address food insecurity

A small crowd gathered behind the Whispering Meadows apartment complex to celebrate the beginning of construction of a new garden that will serve the needs of folks all around the community.
Build It Up is a local initiative in East Tennessee that operates under the umbrella of non-profit organizations, Grand Aspirations.
Sunday marked a big milestone for their involvement around Unicoi County as the group held a ribbon-cutting for their new garden to be built in the Whispering Meadows community.
“We recently received word we are getting a $5,000 grant to start a community garden in the Whispering Meadows community,” said Heidi Davis, Project Leader of Build It Up in an email. “We are working with another non-profit called ‘Grow Appalachia’ to create edible food spaces and teach workshops that show families how to grow and preserve food.”
The primary goal of Build it Up is to increase food security in various locations by increasing access to fresh, healthy foods in areas that experience instability or insecurity in the food supply levels.
These areas, also referred to as ‘food deserts’, according to Davis, are areas that experience food shortages at or above the national level. Along with increasing the access to fresh, healthy foods, Build It Up also hopes that the garden will help create small business ventures by creating value-added products, such as salsa or jam, which will come from the gardens.

For the remainder of this article please see the March 19, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.