The REACH community garden initiative addresses health disparities in African American and Hispanic Cabarrus County residents and has built upon previous gardening efforts (i.e. Produce and Praise). REACH community gardens through existing and developed partnerships increases the accessibility and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in Cabarrus County from 2015-2018.
Selected locations receive an introductory community gardening training provided by Lauren Duncan (Cooperative Extension Agent), David Goforth (Horticulture Consultant and Community Garden Trainer) and the REACH program coordinator. Training topics included: gardening tools, community garden maintenance, volunteer engagement and an overview of sustainability plan development. Following the training, David Goforth and the program coordinator worked together with the organization to start or revive their community garden through on site technical assistance, installation of irrigation systems and by providing garden supplies, plants and seeds.
Faith-based organizations with vacant land to use for a community garden were eligible to participate.