TSU Garden Creates a Community

TSU community garden produces fresh veggies plus whole lot more

Joan Clayton and her husband, Biars Davis Jr., weighed, washed and counted 59 pounds of produce last summer — all grown in two community garden plots at Tennessee State University.

Davis also noted the 20 pounds he lost and the hundreds of dollars he and his wife saved from growing their own food.

The retired couple rented the 25-by-25-foot lots for $40 each last summer and are back in the garden this year.

“We wanted fresh vegetables, we were both retired, we needed the exercise — it really serves several purposes,” Clayton said.

Arvazena Clardy, assistant professor in ornamental horticulture at TSU, oversees the community garden, which the university launched three years ago. Clardy said the idea developed as a way to promote healthy eating and educate people on where their food comes from.

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