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October 10, 2013

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Join the Hill City community this Saturday, October 12, 5 - 8 p.m., at First Calvary Baptist Church for music, food, carnival games, face painting, henna tattooing and garden art, supported primarily by Causeway and The Muenster Truck. All proceeds of this Hill City Block Party will contribute to enhancing the community by reducing food waste and making sustainable lifestyle choices.  

As of today, the Hill City Neighborhood has reached 22 percent of their goal to support two “Earth Tubs,” or composting units, that can provide healthy soil—up to 100 pounds of it—for plants daily. Hill City, considered a low-income area in Chattanooga, will benefit greatly from a community garden not only providing a sustainable way to reuse organic waste, but also becoming a source of nutritious produce grown in rich soil. The Hill City raised-bed community garden is planned for spring construction, and as the first step in a larger community-development plan that will include neighborhood composting, a dog park, and selling produce at the corner market.

However, this project won’t just be for sustainability. It’s all about image and community pride. Developing healthy relationships with food and with the community improves economic and physical health, as well as overall wellbeing. The neighborhood’s proximity to local eco-businesses also makes it a “prime area for high-visibility sustainability investment,” as explained by team leader Monika Groppe.

For more information, visit Hill City Community Garden & Compost Projects on Facebook or causeway.org/cause/view/hill-city-community-compost.

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