Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2015

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

John Steward, MPH

Second Advisor

Erin Ruel, PH.D


The Morrow Community Garden was established as part of the “Lifelong Communities” initiative through the city of Morrow, Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2012. Since then, a club of gardeners has helped sustain the garden and expand its capacity from 14 garden beds to 32 and have provided neighborhood residents with an opportunity to grow their own produce and make donations to a local clinic. With only financial support from membership dues, unstable membership, and limited space the garden is in need of an action plan to help meet its goals. Food deserts are regions where residents have limited access to fresh, affordable produce. These areas are often characterized by high minority population and low-income. Community gardens can help alleviate the health risk burden felt by residents of food deserts. Through establishing a relation with the Morrow Community Garden Club members and identifying goals and available resources, an action plan was created to help aid the garden club in its efforts to stabilize membership, expand the garden, educate city residents and create a youth engagement program.