This past weekend in Berea, the fifth annual Victory Garden Blitz took place, where 101 garden beds were installed across the county. The garden beds seek to help teach those either living in small urban areas or in rural parts of the county how to grow their own healthy, sustainable food.
The volunteer-driven event could not have been accomplished, says Director Cheyenne Olson, without the help this year of 85 volunteers who showed up to build the beds and shovel dirt.
A potluck dinner took place Saturday made by locals with locally-sourced food. The beds are sold on a sliding scale for those that are unable to normally afford the gardens.
Olson, Director of Sustainable Berea, the non profit that puts the weekend-long event together each year, says that this could not have been done without the immense support of the community along with loyal sponsors.
Multiple speakers also took to the podium to explain the importance of local food economies as well as detail the projects that seek to help those living in food deserts such as Berea.
Sustainable Berea will also be selling soil from the Berea Urban Farm on Adams Street throughout the summer for small scale farmers.
Anyone who wants more information can call Sustainable Berea and visit their site.