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December 7, 2020

Berry to partner with Davies Homeless Shelters' Farm

The Berry College Department of Environmental Science and Studies is partnering with the Davies Homeless Shelters’ South Meadows Farm as part of new USDA grants.

The Davies Shelters recently received a $50,000 USDA grant to further expand its 2-acre vegetable farm. This grant will fund urban farmer training programs and paid apprenticeships to residents of the shelter through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The training program will also leverage partnerships with Georgia Organics, the National Farmers Union and South Rome Redevelopment Corporation.

Associate Professor Brian Campbell, department chair of Environmental Science and Studies at Berry, will provide training and guidance for farmers. Campbell will also host a workshop for the farmers on agricultural biodiversity conservation, or the science of seed saving. 

Berry environmental science and studies students will work alongside shelter residents in the gardens and farm to provide fresh produce for the shelters’ dinners.

In addition, the shelters’ Farm Bus program this fall received a three-year $212,000 grant from the USDA. The Farm Bus sells excess produce from its South Meadows farm and community gardens. The used school bus was retrofitted into a mobile market stand by Berry’s Creative Technologies program.

For more information on Berry’s Department of Environmental Science and Studies, visit https://www.berry.edu/academics/majors/environmental-science/ and https://www.berry.edu/academics/majors/environmental-studies/.

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Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Reed Couch

Office of Public Relations

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