Atlanta is the 3rd largest metropolitan region in the southeast. Working in a metropolitan city such as Atlanta, we see how education directly correlates with poverty and mental/physical health. The purpose project was the perfect opportunity for the Atlanta clinics to partner with Solomon’s Temple Foundation (a women and children homeless shelter) to educate our community on health and wellness. With the help of our sponsors (Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm and Kroger) our two part purpose project consisted of building an organic community garden with the Health and Wellness Fair as our culminating event.
On April 8th, 23 volunteers gathered at Solomon’s Temple to install the 4 bed community garden. With the help of Bobby Wilson, founder of Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, the residents of Solomon’s Temple helped to plant tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant, okra, cucumbers, beans and various herbs.
Then on June 17th we were able to showcase the growth of the community garden at the Atlanta’s Seeds of Hope Health Fair! Our 15 vendors provided participants education and free health screenings on diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, mental health, fitness, job and skill training, child safety, crime prevention, healthy food demonstrations, children activities and more.
While we know that there is a lot of education to do in our community , we chose the name Atlanta’s Seeds of Hope to not only plant physical seeds, but to intuitively plant seeds of health and wellness to make our community a healthier place to live for generations to come.