The Workplace of Neighborhood Well being Engagement within the Faculty of Medication on the College of Tennessee Well being Science Middle held a dedication ceremony earlier this month for a brand new signal on the Frayser Neighborhood City Backyard.
The Frayser Neighborhood City Backyard launched in 2021 as a collaboration between the UTHSC Faculty of Medication and its Board of Guests advisory council; the Frayser group, Memphis Parks, the Metropolis of Memphis, which supplied the land for the backyard; and the College of Tennessee Extension Institute of Agriculture to enhance entry to free, regionally grown, dietary meals, and to encourage healthful consuming.
Amongst those that spoke on the dedication have been Frayser group residents; Altha Stewart, MD, senior affiliate dean for Neighborhood Well being Engagement, and Kelly Sealey, director for the Workplace of Neighborhood Well being Engagement within the Faculty of Medication; Shelby County Commissioner Charlie Caswell; and Tiara Caswell, government director of Legacy of Legends CDC. Dr. Stewart shared remarks on the inception, progress, and future plans for the backyard, which embody the addition of Camille James, backyard supervisor for the Frayser Neighborhood City Backyard.
“This was not only a celebration of the signal, however an acknowledgment of what could be completed by group companions after they work collectively,” Dr. Stewart mentioned. “With the help of these companions and the Frayser group, we now have a functioning governing council, established committees, and a backyard supervisor with in depth gardening expertise. That is to facilitate the backyard’s work, together with group members who’re occupied with plots for his or her group. It was an honor to work with all of those people for the Frayser group.”
The brand new signal was sponsored by the UTHSC Faculty of Medication’s Board of Guests. “We’re so delighted to associate with our neighbors in Frayser to ascertain this group backyard. It’s our hope that this is not going to solely yield nutritious fruit and veggies, but in addition encourage wholesome consuming as a part of a wholesome life-style,” mentioned Scott Strome, MD, government dean of the Faculty of Medication.
The Frayser Neighborhood City Backyard Council is internet hosting its first cohort of gardening lessons in preparation for the spring planting of group plots within the backyard. The council will start providing a gardening fundamentals course to most people in February on the Frayser Join Middle and on-line to these occupied with studying extra about house gardening or in being assigned one of many more-than-a-dozen group plots obtainable to Frayser residents.