$6,500 Goes a Long Way

By Rachel Blum Spencer for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

McDowell County in North Carolina suffered an unemployment rate of 14.8% in 2009 (over 4% higher than the national rate). At a loss with what to do with the increasing number of jobless citizens, and already operating within a strained budget, the County created a Community Garden Project.

The project operated for two growing seasons on only $6,500 (mainly from private grants) while providing work opportunities and fresh produce for the jobless.

Cuts to social services, especially in a time of high unemployment, are a cause for anxiety to many Americans. Are initiatives like the Community Garden Project a step in the right direction?

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