COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – Two local men are working to end food insecurity in South Columbus – with nearly 20% of the community living in poverty.
“You know, when I was young, we had gardens all over our community,” said Ronzell Bucker, CEO of Turn Around Columbus.
Ronzell Buckner is a Columbus native, general manager of Turn Around Columbus and owner of Victory Garden. At a young age he saw how gardening improved his community and now he is working to do so for future generations.
“It’s going to help the family and bring the family unit together,” Buckner said.
The Victory Garden is located just behind Marshall Elementary School in Columbus. Buckner grows a variety of different fruits and vegetables, but he’s not the only person working to change the South Side of Columbus.
“I remember when I was about seven years old…I would go into the garden and dig a garden to prepare a meal for the table,” Jackson said.
Two Columbus men work to bring families back to the table, but also to broaden the minds of young people.
“Apart from rap, basketball, football…you can be a farmer,” Buckner said. “You can do farming, you can get an engineering degree, you don’t have to be a farmer.”
Additionally, Buckner explains that the need and understanding of nutrition is just as irrelevant on this busy day.
“Most people now use microwaves or they order, or they’ve come to fast food, so what eventually happens is they eat and they’re full – but you have to watch what it does to the body,” Boucner says.
The goal for Buckner and Jackson is not only to provide food for the community, but also to teach children the skills to grow their own food to create a more unified and healthier community.
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