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Planting seeds for good health

 

Thanks to community partners and volunteers, Youth Visions at 3925 Overton Crossing now has three organic gardens filled with peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, carrots and a variety of fresh herbs. Special to the Tri-State Defender

Thanks to community partners and volunteers, Youth Visions at 3925 Overton Crossing now has three organic gardens filled with peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, carrots and a variety of fresh herbs.

 
 Griz Head Coach Lionel Hollins (second from right) had a hand in the development of urban gardens for Youth Visions. Also pictured, Justin Simmons (left) and Brian Dobbins. (Photo by Tyrone P. Easley)

The goal of the garden initiative is to teach the benefits of healthy eating to the children of Youth Visions, most of whom come from single-parent households.

Rewind to July 9 – that’s when United Healthcare and Lionel Hollins Charities began the first phase of the Youth Visions organic garden. Inman EMJ Construction assisted with leveling the ground and donating brand new bricks to construct the beds.

And last Saturday (July 16), volunteers from United Healthcare, Youth Visions, Healthy Teens & Kids, and members of the University of Memphis football team helped fill the beds and plant the seeds.

After the project was completed, Marron Thomas, director for Youth Visions, recognized Hollins; Brian Dobbins, Executive Director West for United Healthcare; Larry Porter, University of Memphis head football coach; and all of the community.

The list of partners also includes General Shale Brick Inc., Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, G & S Construction Group, Williams Equipment Co., Wal-Mart, EMB Quality Masonry, Grow Memphis and Bill’s Organic Gardening.

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