With the support of Gwinnett County Public Schools, we broke ground  with our pilot site in May, 2015. We dug into the red clay soils of  the newly constructed Summerour Middle School, salvaging several tons of "urbanite" from the school's former site, which is now home to the new Beauty Baldwin Elementary.   This salvaged material helped G4GC transform the post-construction landscape into over 10,000 square feet of dynamic outdoor classroom space that is used today to support standards-based curriculum and outdoor, project-based learning..

To date, the EEC is divided into several sections: the Learning Garden, the Southwest Garden, a Forest Classroom, a Labyrinth, and the International Peace Garden. These sites include  walking trails, over 30 raised beds, in-ground growing beds and a community garden. All programs areas are community-managed and accessible by the public, including students in  home school programs,  area private schools and post-secondary education.
G4GC supports the school's rigorous standards by working with teachers to use the EEC as a tool for teaching Norcross' middle school youth. In addion, the EEC has become a public demonstration site promoting biointensive growing methods, soil conservation and revitalization, and permaculture-based horticulture. Educational workshops,  professional development opportunities, volunteer engagement and student  apprenticeships are part of its public programming.  The site is also available for public use, including Special Ed and General Ed youth activities, afterschool programming, corporate  team-building activities,  and other community engagement activities that benefit by reconnecting people and nature.

WATCH ONE OF OUR VIDEOS HERE......and for more photos and information, please visit us on Face Book and Instagram @Gardens4GrowingCommunity (or visit our Media page!)
"This was the best moment of my life getting to experience the real nature."
- posted on  G4GC's Face Book page by a Summerour student
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