USF Area Garden Diversifies Community Diet

The Harvest Hope Center reflects on the community garden’s success since its launch last November.

Harvest Hope is a part of the University Area Community Development Center, located on North 22nd Street. The Center allows volunteer members to grow fruits and vegetables for no cost in the garden.

“We’re trying to bring any kind of diversity into the diets of the people who live in our community, we know health and nutrition is a really big issue here, often we see obesity rates and we see people buying what’s cheap and fast and easy,” said Megan Gallagher, the Development Center’s sales coordinator.  “We want them to have a chance to buy something that is healthy for them, that’s good for their kids and to teach them how to live that really good lifestyle.”

The garden contains 18 vegetable and 12 fruit plots, with numerous starfruit trees alongside them. Gallagher urges the community to take further advantage of it.

“Our garden is open to anyone in our community, we love having anybody come by, we currently have volunteer groups from all over Tampa Bay,” she said.

For more information about the Harvest Hope Center or how to get involved, please visit uacdc.org.