Residents of Aberdeen's eastern neighborhoods may not have to travel as far for fresh fruits and vegetables.
An AmeriCorps volunteer is spearheading a community garden project by the Boys & Girls Club on East Bel Air Avenue where local residents can cultivate their own garden plots, among other features.
Anne Otih, who has been with AmeriCorps for six months and is originally from northern Virginia, explained her vision for a "Harvest of Hope" garden to the city council at a recent council work session.
The garden would provide healthy, affordable food, as well as exposure to different foods, in an area considered a "food desert," meaning it lacks access to fresh produce or other healthy food, she said.
The project would feature 40 garden beds by March of 2015 and, ultimately, up to 100 as the Boys & Girls Club gets grant funding, next to the parking lot behind the Boys & Girls Club.
"I think it's a good idea. I see it as a positive way for students or anyone to learn new skills, plus they will be able to put those skills in practice for a long time," Councilwoman Ruth Ann Young said.
"I am originally a country girl and we did a lot of gardening," Young added. "I think those skills will stick with those young people for a while."