The City of North Miami was awarded a $2,500 Age Friendly Mini Grant through Miami Dade County. The grant was awarded based on the proposal for a community garden at Clyde Judson Community Center, within a food desert which is located at 12100 NW 16 Avenue, North Miami, FL 33167. A food desert is best described as an area that does not have access to affordable or good-quality fresh food within a quarter of a mile from their home.
A community garden can help improve food security for participants by increasing physical and economic access to adequate amounts of healthy food. Community gardens provide health, economic, educational, social, and environmental benefits to participants and the community at large.
The initial planting was done by the NoMi Golden Silver Senior Program. One of the participants was over 100 years old. They planted 3 new citrus trees and over 60 new vegetables and herbs in the fully cleaned out and re-soiled raised bed. They also planted a bed of aloe plants into the ground.