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How Community Gardens Can Help Grow Communities

A pea plant at the ELLA Library’s community garden.
ELLA Library
A pea plant at the ELLA Library’s community garden.

Community gardens are shared spaces for people to grow plants - flowers, vegetables, you name it.

These gardens are found in communities large and small, urban and rural, across the country - and they are as varied as the places where they grow, including here in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

Jazmine LeBlanc is cofounder and executive director of ELLA Library in Chattanooga’s East Lake neighborhood.

Cori Tinkham is project coordinator at the Chattanooga Food Center.


Our thanks to Woodson Carpenter and Anthony Prince at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for arranging this conversation.

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