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East Cobb needs a community garden at Hyde Farm

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Most developed neighborhoods in East Cobb are characterized by an abundance of forested yards, with limited sunlight for vegetable gardens, and homeowners' associations may influence the appearance of homeowners' yards. Therefore, having a central resource for local residents to rent small plots of lands to grow produce is desirable. The property known as Hyde Farm on Hyde Rd. off of Lower Roswell has been aquired as a public resource. Local residents would like to see a plot of land become available for rent by local residents and organizations for small-scale food production. A model for a well-developed community garden is the Oakhurst Community Garden in Decatur http://www.oakhurstgarden.org/ Community gardens are an asset to every community. Benefits of community gardens include: -Improves the quality of life for people in the garden -Provides an additional focal point for neighborhood and community interaction -Produces nutritious food -Reduces family food budgets -Conserves resources -Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education -Provides additional recreation activities for youth groups, reconnecting them to the land and where food comes from We, the undersigned, support the concept of a community garden to be located on the Hyde Farm property as a resource to the community.

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