Ribbon cutting held for community garden at Davis Elementary School in Columbus

Ribbon cutting held for community garden at Davis Elementary School in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Turn Around Columbus hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at J.D. Davis Elementary School to unveil a new student-managed community garden.

The garden will be open to the community and will include vegetables, fruit, and a special memorial garden to honor loved ones lost to violence. Ronzell Buckner, president of Turn Around Columbus, said he expects the garden to create unity between all generations in the community.

“The whole key to this thing is teaching young people, especially African American kids, the importance of ownership,” said Buckner. “We want our kids to grow up and get a good education, not to just get a good job, but also to open businesses and create good jobs.”

Buckner said the next goal is to raise the funds for this first phase of completing the estimated $4.3 million project. He said the garden will rely on support from the community and donors. Current investors in the project include Tuskegee University and Fort Valley State University.

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