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Concerns about food access increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. This caused Carolyn Rothschild, SNAP-Ed educator in Wilcox and Monroe counties, to implement a Bag Garden Project to help put more food on dining room tables.

Bag Garden Project

Rothschild started a project called the Bag Garden Project. The idea is to use grow bags to plant vegetables at home. A grow bag is a fabric bag that grows plants outside of the ground or a raised bed.

Rothschild partnered with the Wilcox Community Garden Committee to provide nutrition education to 10 families. The program involved the whole family. Families learned and grew vegetables such as white eggplant, purple okra, sweet potatoes, squash, and tomatoes.

“This project was the perfect solution for people who had limited space and were not able to plant a traditional garden,” Rothschild said. “Also, it provided access to fresh vegetables and created a way for participants to stay physically active while at home.

Virtual Education

Due to the pandemic, Rothschild has to use virtual education to teach gardening. So, with Rothschild’s support, each family grew their own bag garden utilizing the Alabama Extension educational tool “Planting Guide for Home Gardening in Alabama,” the Alabama Vegetable Garden Planting chart, and Live Well Alabama resources.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to find additional ways to ensure we can feed our families,” Rothschild said. “I wanted to find a way to use my role as a SNAP-Ed educator to help families by giving them an alternative to finding food sources. It doesn’t replace going to the grocery store, but it gives them the education of knowing how to grow their own food.”

To contact Rothschild, SNAP-Ed educator in Wilcox and Monroe counties, call (205) 652-9501 or email him at srh0068@aces.edu.

To find more success stories about SNAP-Ed educators, visit LiveWellAlabama.com.

Carolyn Rothschild

Carolyn Rothschild, SNAP-Ed Educator in Monroe and Wilcox counties.

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