The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Services recently received a grant from AmeriCorps to design, build and harvest community gardens at each of the Human Development Centers.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Services recently received a grant from AmeriCorps to design, build and harvest community gardens at each of the Human Development Centers. This is a joint project with DHS and partner groups, including Heifer International, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (AHRA) and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension (UAEX), which includes 4-H Clubs and Master Gardeners.
AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is scheduled to begin work at the Arkadelphia Human Development Center (AHDC) on June 12. The NCCC team of approximately nine individuals will help construct the greenhouse, fencing, and work hand in hand with residents to cultivate the gardens.
The fresh produce will be used at the center for meals, and residents will sell the surplus at their own vegetable stand, the farmers market, and donate to food pantries. The AHRA network of food pantries across the state have begun encouraging and supporting the construction of community gardens to address hunger and food insecurity in the state.
The NCAA team will participate through July 5 and we hope to make this an ongoing community project. Community participation is greatly encouraged.
Please contact the Arkadelphia Human Development Center (870-246-8011) for more information and to volunteer your time and talents to help alleviate hunger in Clark County.