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May 12, 2016
Barbara Neznek wrote -
The USDA has defined the East End of Amsterdam as a "food desert." Food deserts can be described as geographic areas where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance. Not only a food desert, it is a play desert as well. To rectify this situation we have created a Community Garden, located in the backyard of an old Church at 303 East Main. Not only do we teach children how to grow nutritious food, we have classes on cooking, a tutoring program, nature based arts and crafts and a 4H Club. Currently, one of our area youth, an Eagle Scout in combination with our 4H Club are raising funds to build an outdoor pavilion, for teaching on very hot days, add some picnic tables improve our soil quality and purchase some new garden tools.
Sue McClymonds wrote:
Malcolm's Eagle Project consists of building an outdoor open pavilion adjacent to the community garden which will be used by the 4H Club and the local residents as an outdoor instruction area, a shady location to rest and work adjacent to the garden and a location where neighborhood youth and adults can gather and relax. He realized that there was great need in the community and for the 4H Club for this structure. The building will be 10 ft. by 20 ft., and made of wood framing, open sides and metal roofing. This project will make a positive contribution to the community, both physically and emotionally.