Where to find community gardens around Anderson, nutritional resources – Independent Mail

The city of Anderson has experienced abundant growth in the past several years with new businesses and improved green spaces peppering the busy downtown.
Walk a mile in just about any direction and the scene fades into a slower pace.
Neighborhoods frozen in time and untouched for decades showcase sidewalks in need of repair and houses aged by years of weather.
Homes surrounding downtown like along the Alphabet Streets or on East Whitner Street do not have much close access to affordable, nutritional food. 
Dovie Morton has lived in the same white house on G Street for 70 years. She married her husband in 1950 and they moved in a year later to the neighborhood originally designated for mill workers.
New people have come and gone but the newest improvement in the neighborhood came recently with a garden.  
Public gardens are on the rise in the city as surrounding communities confront the lack of fresh food accessibility and try to provide nutritional education.
Here are resources in Anderson to explore:
Here are public gardens around the city of Anderson to visit:
Renaissance Academy on East Whitner Street
Cleo Bailey Experiment on East Whitner Street
LOT Project artisan gardens along Alphabet Street
United Way garden boxes throughout the city 
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Grocery stores near downtown Anderson 
Most of the city’s development has been pushed northward through the years, Anderson City Planning Director Maurice McKenzie said, at the beginning of the year.
Grocery store locations reflect that with the heavier concentration northward and few or no close resources in much of the Eastside. 
► Whitner Street Grocery
► Save A Lot
► Food Lion
► Aldi
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► Publix Super Market at Anderson Pavilion Shopping Center
► Ingles Market
► European Market #6
► Thomas Food Mart
► Walmart Neighborhood Market
Hope Missions
Second Harvest Food Bank
Anderson Emergency Soup Kitchen
The Lot Project
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Residents can check out seeds from the Anderson Main Library, a program partnering with Anderson County Soil & Water Conservation District.
People can check out up to five packets of seeds at a time. Growing guides and other gardening resource are also available to check out.
The program is working to raise awareness about environmental sustainability.
Sarah Sheridan is the community reporter in Anderson. She’d appreciate your help telling important stories; reach her at ssheridan@gannett.com or on twitter @saralinasher.


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