Vietnamese American Community Center

Community Garden

The Community Garden Project brings neighbors together and provides self-sufficiency through their abilities to grow their own food supplies.  Community gardening stimulates social interactions, encourages self-reliance, beautifies neighborhoods and produces nutritious foods while reducing the food budget.

A Good Harvest

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Fresh produce from Community Garden

The community garden is among the most successful programs that the Vietnamese American Community Center has to offer.   It includes more than 5 acres, all of which rests on the lot of formerly abandoned farmland.  Since the beginning of the center’s development, the trees have been cleared, the ground leveled, and irrigation systems have been installed.

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Pumpkin and melon is brought back to the Center

  • The community garden is among the most successful programs that the Vietnamese American Community Center has to offer.   It includes more than 5 acres, all of which rests on the lot of formerly abandoned farmland.  Since the beginning of the center’s development, the trees have been cleared, the ground leveled, and irrigation systems have been installed.

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    Community utility shed contributed by United Way of the Gulf Coast

    Annam CDC has constructed a utility shed to store agricultural tools, fertilizers, and materials with the help of a community building fund from United Way.  The company has a lawn mower, a tractor equipped with farm tools such as drill holes, tillers, and plows to prepare the land for biannual crops.
    The harvest provides many components of the free daily meals available at the Center as well as the monthly Food Fair and Food Pantry programs intended for distribution to families with low incomes. Agricultural products include corn, a variety of melon, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkin, squash, vegetables, assorted herbs, and beans.

    GardenThe garden is green with color

    The cultivation of agricultural products from the garden not only provides rich nutrients, essential to a healthy diet, but also offers an organic alternative, therefore making the most of vegetable waste to create a natural fertilizer. With the combined efforts of volunteers, the community garden project is able to bring to the table fresh fruits and vegetables, and pleasure to those seniors and low-income families who are able to enjoy them.

    GardenWhat a good harvest in Summer of 2012!