Community Garden and Nutrition Education Sessions Scheduled in Xenia; Free to the Public
The Greene County Community Roots Coalition will be hosting education sessions at Lexington Park on June 22nd and July 12th from 5:00 – 6:00pm, weather permitting. These sessions will center around the community garden and nutrition and are free and open to the public. Community Roots is a partnership between Greene County Public Health, the City of Xenia, Central State University Extensions and Ohio State University Extensions Office.
A critical barrier to healthy lifestyles in Xenia and other communities across Greene County is food insecurity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. According to an article from the Journal of Nutrition, most adults living in food insecurity households report being unable to afford balanced meals. There are studies that show that food insecurities can also lead to adverse health effects for both adults and children, including chronic illness, along with developmental and mental health problems.
Lexington Park’s community garden has five raised beds with a variety of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, cucumbers, pumpkins, and peas. The gardens are free and provide communal gardening space for Xenia’s East End community. These educational sessions are intended to increase nutritional awareness, promote gardening, encourage community engagement, and help in the revitalization of Lexington Park.