“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
I came across this quote after talking with Nicole Coleman, founder of New Leaf Community Garden. This past weekend I visited the garden on Salbide Avenue in Newnan and learned how Nicole and other volunteers are bringing this quote to life. On what was once a vacant lot are now raised beds filled with vegetables, a soon-to-be “U-Pick” tomato garden and volunteers are working to clear rocks from a bed that will soon provide produce for a local community outreach program, Bridging The Gap.
The garden is now in Phase 2 of development which includes beautifying the grounds. There are flowers to be planted, a new sign has been hung, a walkway has been installed and soon there will be a new entryway to the garden.
Nicole is a woman with a vision and the ability to see far beyond the empty lot that once existed. In the future she hopes to acquire additional lots throughout Newnan so more people can easily access a community garden. She would also like to add an educational aspect to the garden. As a certified Health Coach she wants to share her knowledge of nutrition and her love of gardening to help educate people and bring them back to the basics of raising and eating their own food.
If you are interested in renting a bed to grow your own vegetables, if you would like to volunteer or donate any other resources, you can visit the New Leaf Community Garden website for more information.by