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Master gardener runs a teaching garden at Chattanooga Area Food Bank

The Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching Garden near the Tennessee Riverwalk. (Image: WTVC)

In this week's Homegrown we head to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank where they run a teaching garden behind the building off Amnicola Highway.

It provides fresh food for emergency food baskets, and helps teach people how to grow their own food.

Katie Bishop is the assistant garden coordinator at the Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching Garden.

"With our nice weather in Chattanooga you can pretty much plant something anytime," Bishop said.

She spends several hours a day working in the garden that has more than 20 raised beds. She helped start it in 2010.

"It is open and free, and there are signs up so people can come and learn on their own," Bishop said. "We are right up next to the Riverwalk so we get a lot of people just traveling through on their bicycles or walking."

Scott Bruce is the marketing and communications director for the food bank.

"We're trying to make sure we are feeding people the right food and not just any type of food," Bruce said. "So this garden serves a purpose to teach people how they can do this at home."

When you walk through you'll see signs with helpful gardening tips, information about the plants and even recipes.

"We try to keep this open and accessible for anybody to come through. We put signs up as to what's growing, what will grow here, some of the problems you might have," Bishop said.

There is a butterfly garden and several flower beds scattered throughout.

Bruce says the garden is a team effort. Volunteers, gardening experts and seeds donated from local hardware stores make it possible.

"We have a great team here at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank very dedicated to our mission, but nothing we do here is something we can do on our own."

You can volunteer at the garden, or visit anytime. They grow different types of food three seasons a year.

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