Samuel Walker Houston
The Samuel Walker Houston Community Garden is part of a developing complex, located on the original site of the of Samuel W. Houston's school in 1906. It is an extension of the Samuel Walker Houston Museum and Cultural Center
A Brief History
Cecil William and Lawrence Wallace, agricultural teachers at Samuel Walker Houston High School, started agricultural programs on the original site where Dr. Houston’s Industrial Training school was located. It was a place whereby the programs participants could keep their animals and tend their plants. When the Huntsville schools were intergrated the agricultural programs ended also. The land remained idle until the first community garden was established by Dr. Richard Watkins, and Otis Oliphint in the 1990's.
The purpose of the garden was to provide fruit vegetables and fruits to many of the Senior citizens of Walker County free of charge. The garden also provided a place where the community could grow whatever they wanted. The garden also provided a place where members of the community could meet and socialize, while exchanging gardeing ideas.
Why a Community Garden?
With the rising numbers in the population of older adults, the benefits of providing garden land for community gardens for seniors are becoming more and more obvious.
As people are enjoying good health into retirement years, community gardening provides an outlet for enjoying nature while eating well and as a way to fellowship and socialize with others. Seniors will be able to pass on their skills to young children. It’s a community, sharing, learning from fellow gardeners.
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An attractive feature of the garden is the ability of the gardeners to come and go as they please, according to their schedules and the ability of their energies.
With the rising numbers in the population of older adults, the benefits of providing a community garden is obvious: here are a few benefits:
Growing fresh healthy vegetables and fruits
Saving money on groceries
Learn about plants from others in the community
Teach children about the land and the plants
A place to go other than home
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We encourage you to come on down and join us as we reap the rewards of this worthwhile endeavor.