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

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

A new back garden intended to display the advantages of balanced foods is underway at

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

A new back garden intended to display the advantages of balanced foods is underway at the S.C. Office of Well being and Environmental Control.

DHEC broke floor on its Group Demonstration Garden undertaking on Friday. The garden aims to source fresh new fruits and greens, increase obtain to healthier food stuff, enhance diet plan and endorse a healthful lifestyle.

The garden, on the front garden of 2100 Bull St., will donate its harvests to the Columbia Housing Authority and other charities. Deliver will also be utilized in the course of Bureau of Local community Nourishment Services SNAP-Ed nutrition education lessons. 

“Across South Carolina we have food deserts in rural and urban spots,” Edward Simmer, DHEC director, said in a news release. “Food deserts are places that have minimal entry to economical and wholesome food items such as contemporary fruits, greens, and complete grains. This restrictions the potential of neighborhood users to love the dietary benefits of fresh new food items that are vital to nutritious dwelling and sickness avoidance.”

DHEC’s Local community Wellness Solutions crew is also applying the task to produce educational elements for communities and educational facilities on how to plant and develop a profitable backyard. Going into the ground 1st will be okra, lettuce, a selection of beans, sweet potatoes, squash and watermelon.

“Often the most successful way to aid men and women make improvements to their well being is to give them the equipment to support on their own,” Simmer claimed. “By aiding people in food deserts generate community gardens, we are assisting make certain these communities have a sustainable way to supply healthier foodstuff decisions for them selves and their family members.”

Attain Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.