HelenaCommunityGarden2017

The Helena Community Garden serves as an outdoor classroom for garden-based nutrition and horticulture education.  It strives to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce to all people, and to recruit and retain a volunteer coalition to support the sustainability of the garden. GardenCorps service members serve at the Helena Community Garden via the Delta Cultural Center.

The Delta Cultural Center, located in historic downtown Helena, Arkansas, is a museum dedicated to the history of the Arkansas Delta. The museum interprets the heritage of the 27 county Delta region through exhibits, educational programs, annual events, and guided tours.

SusanAlman2017

Susan Alman

Susan was born and raised in Little Rock, AR. While she grew up in a more metropolitan area, she also frequently visited her grandmother in Marvell, a small town in the Arkansas Delta, where she was exposed to rural life. Susan earned a BA in Studio Art from Hendrix College, but, soon after graduation, she shifted her focus to sustainable farming, gardening, and the local food movement. An experiential learner, she began volunteering at as many community gardens throughout Arkansas as she could. Soon after, she joined Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and began working at a farm in California. Next, she moved to the Delta to manage the Downtown Helena Farmers market for a season. From 2011 until 2013, she served as the Arkansas GardenCorps Service Member at the Dunbar Community Garden Project in Little Rock, AR, where she was able to teach pre-k through 8th grade students outdoor education and experience first-hand what it is like to farm and garden in Arkansas. In 2014, she began earning a Masters in Horticulture at the University of Arkansas, where her primary research focus was Arkansas table grape production. After earning her MS in 2016, Susan chose to put what she had learned in school to practice and spend the 2017 growing season as an intern at Dripping Springs Garden, a certified organic produce and cut-flower farm located in Huntsville, AR. She is very excited about moving back to the Arkansas Delta to serve with Arkansas GardenCorps. Her service position with the Delta Cultural Center will allow her to apply all that she has learned about sustainable agriculture/community gardening in an effort to better serve the citizens of Phillips County and the state of Arkansas through garden education.

Monday the 23rd. .