Gardens and farms sustained life in Appalachia. A new generation of the region’s residents seeks to honor that legacy behind the concepts of community gardening and healthy eating.
The Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is hosting a symposium entitled Community Gardens Collaborative: Building Teams and Visions for a Healthier Appalachia on Nov. 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Guest speakers include David Cooke of Grow Appalachia and Samantha Benjamin-Kirk of the Farms to Schools program of the USDA.
Those interested in collaborating to improve access to healthy foods in schools and area communities are invited to attend. Breakout sessions to identify and discuss community gardening methods, successes, and challenges will be held in Basler Library.
Student-led initiatives are a hallmark of the Alpha Iota Chi chapter and Northeast State Honors Program students. The chapter has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and four countries.
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