School gardens have been shown to benefit the overall physical, social, and academic success of children and specifically to increase academic performance in subjects like math and science. Successful programs rely on funding from parents, volunteers, grants, and donations from the community. Unfortunately, these resources are not readily available to lower-income and underserved school communities.
PAHL helps close this resource gap in South DeKalb County schools by working with school administrators, teachers, staff, students, community organizations, and the greater school community to build reliable and sustainable school garden programs. The PAHL School Garden Support Program runs through the school year, as well as in the summertime at the Peachcrest Boys and Girls Club Garden.
PAHL works with eight school gardens in South DeKalb County plus the Peachcrest Boys and Girls Club garden. We plan, install, and help maintain edible and native plant gardens for teachers, students, their families and the wider community to enjoy. We organize community workdays and provide funding and materials, including seeds, plants, tools and supplies as well as offer guidance and garden lesson plans for educators.
Community gardens have many benefits! They increase access to fresh, healthy food, help reduce a gardener's grocery bills, and improve food security in communities that need it the most. Community gardens also provide beautiful places in our neighborhoods to gather together, learn new things, and share the fruits of our labor.
Our local network of community gardens includes the Charity Missionary Baptist Church Garden, the Columbia Drive United Methodist Church Garden, and our own, Belvedere Peace Community Garden that was established in 2009.
The Belvedere Peace Community Garden (BPCG) is a 50-plot community garden located in South DeKalb County, GA, in the Belvedere Park neighborhood. We rent plots to residents who want to grow their groceries, save money, and know where and how their food is grown! The rental price ranges from $10 to $55 and based on income. Don't have a green thumb? We have all the things you need to become a successful grower.
Our newest program is the Healthy Harvest Youth Farm Leadership program. We train high school students to grow food from seed to market while learning valuable leadership skills, life skills and job skills along the way. A percentage of the grown produce is shared with the community and sent home with the interns to share with their families, while the rest is sold at student-run farm stands.
Partners in Action for Healthy Living (PAHL) is proud to help cultivate the prosperity and health of our community in many ways, primarily through the growth of our Belvedere Peace Community Garden, and our support of community, school, and faith-based gardens in South DeKalb County.