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Creekside High Dedicates Community Garden

Creekside HS Dedicates Community Garden



For years, the area where Creekside High School is located has been known as a food desert. A food desert is a geographical area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. On September 18, Creekside High dedicated the Creekside Community Garden in an effort to provide nutritious food in the area.

“Students will learn the importance of growing their own food and in doing so help to eliminate the food deserts in their community,” said Traves Hyman, Georgia Young Farmer and Young Farmer Teacher at Creekside. “They will have additional space to grow crops and learn how to apply their knowledge in different settings.”

The Georgia Young Farmer Program( GYFA) is the adult education component of Georgia’s Agricultural Education program. As a Georgia Young Farmer and teacher, Hyman is sharing the knowledge he received growing up on a small farm in Monroe, Ga. He received an Agricultural Education Degree from the University of Georgia.

“My position as a Young Farmer Teacher will enable me to not only teach the students who are at Creekside,” Hyman said. “I will also be able to educate adults in the community on numerous topics in agriculture with the additional time for community outreach. These outreach activities will support both new and existing farmers in the community.”

Dustin Davis-Austin, FCS Director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, agrees. “We are proud to bring a grant-funded, full-time Young Farmer position to Creekside High School,” Davis-Austin said. “Traves is an exceptional educator and we are proud of all that he has accomplished in Fulton County Schools. This solidifies Creekside High School’s Agriculture Education program as one of the top programs in Georgia.”

Hyman’s outreach activities within the Creekside Community Garden include helping participants understand the importance of growing their own food. “We’ll  have students experiment with different growing methods,” Hyman said. “Additionally, crops will be harvested for donation to food banks and marketing to community members.”

Creekside High Principal Frankie Pollock, Jr., joined FCS Board Vice President Kimberly Dove, Board member Franchesca Warren, and Zone 2 Superintendent Dr. Tamara Candis at the dedication ceremony. “We’re excited about what this garden is going to mean for the future of our students, their families and our community,” Pollock said.

Developing the Creekside Community Garden will mean residents will not have to drive ten miles or more to buy groceries. “Growing fresh food can change the health and culture of a city and bring communities together,” Hyman said.