Wallace State – City of Hanceville COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT

Despite tornados in Cullman County Friday night and the threat of more severe weather early Saturday morning, the originators of the ‘Planting Seeds Community Garden project gathered at 7 am near the John Hopkins Forestry Building in the far southwestern corner of the Wallace State Community College campus.

The ‘Planting Seeds Community Garden’ (PSCG) project features Wallace State students, Hanceville citizens, and a small group of professional advisors. Their goal is to end food insecurity on campus and throughout Hanceville. You would be shocked to know what a severe problem this is for many people.

The PSCG are addressing this problem the most fundamental way possible: Helping people grow their own food and sustaining themselves from the work of their own hands utilizing a community garden.

In this interview series, we get dirty and have fun helping build the community garden. The speaker/participants in order of appearance are:

Emily Dia – SGA & Rotaract Student
Kristi Barnett – WWCC Grant Specialist
Josh Dia – Rotaract Student
Heather McAfee Green – Garden Vista


This Community Garden Project is a partnership between Wallace State Community College and the Wallace State Future Foundation. Also assisting with the formation of this garden are the Sustainable Agriculture Program and the Small Farm Training Program, both from Wallace State.

The raised beds themselves were built by the Wallace State Basic Construction Program. The City of Hanceville Public Works Department worked tirelessly in site preparation, grading, and earthwork.

Who Can Join The Community Garden?

Do you want to garden, but do not have the available space? Do you simply want to learn to garden? Are you in poverty or suffer from food insecurity?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of the above questions, you can participate in this community garden. The program is open to Wallace students, faculty, staff, and anyone in the larger Hanceville area. The cost is $10 per bed per month or 2 hours of community service per month.

Over 100 pounds of produce can be gleaned from one of these raised beds.

To learn more and/or join-up, visit Planting Seeds Community Garden.

You can see all photographs from this kick-off event here. You can also purchase high-resolution prints in a variety of styles and types including wall hangings:


Wallace State – City of Hanceville COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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