Enriching the lives of refugee families in Clarkston, Georgia by providing a safe space to grow nutritious food and build genuine community.
Gardens that grow more than food
The Jolly Avenue Garden is a vibrant community gathering space that fosters a collective experience of beauty, belonging, and friendship with the land and with one another. Our mission is to enrich the Clarkston community by offering growing spaces where refugee gardeners can grow their own food to feed their families and friends; facilitating educational opportunities for K-12 youth through agriculture programming, mentorship, employment, and STEAM curriculum initiatives; and providing gardeners in the programs access to healthy food and nutrition education.
“Working as a growing leader, I am able to take home vegetables each week, that I grow in the garden. Three months ago, my mom gave birth to my newest sibling, so it has been helpful to my parents to bring vegetables home. We use the vegetables to make Burmese dishes that are enjoyed by all.”
– Ko, Growing Leader
There are 93 community plots for rent. Each plot is 9ft x 9ft. 1 plot/per family .
If multiple families want to grow together, plots can be combined for a larger communal growing space.
Garden Plot registration starts the first week of March and is open to families who live near the garden in Clarkston.
Growing Leaders Program
Clarkston High School students commit to a 40 hr a month paid internship starting May 1st to the following May 1st. The application process starts March 1st.
Students who are from Clarkston High School willing to attend weekly meetings and complete 40 hrs of work at the garden per month.
Explore the garden
Want to learn more about the garden? Visit the garden’s website for more details, stories, and a history of the project!