The goal of the Norwood Learning Gardens is not simply to create community gardens, but to create a culture of family gardening in a community setting. Each garden will be managed by one of four neighborhood volunteers, all of whom will have completed the Master Gardener program administered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.
The Junior Master Gardener program is a curriculum developed by the Cooperative Extension System. The curriculum, which focuses on health and nutrition, literature and math, will be delivered to 4th and 5th graders at Norwood Elementary. The students will be gardening a 20’ by 5’ vegetable garden at the school, and the students’ parents will be encouraged to garden their own 20’ by 5’ family garden space, either at the school or at one of the other three gardens, whichever is closer to their home.
Besides vegetable beds, each of the four gardens will be planted in fruits, vines and berries such as pears, plums, figs, kiwi, blackberries, blueberries and grapes. Those crops will be tended cooperatively and surplus will be sold at the Norwood Market at the Trolley Stop.