In 2022, students and staff at the Russell County Training School transformed a vacant site into the Hurtsboro Community Garden. The site is in a “food desert,” 30 miles outside of Phenix City.
The Hurtsboro Community Garden will provide local residents the opportunity to grow and have access to locally grown fresh vegetables. The garden partners with local county Extension office to provide participants with nutritional awareness, physical activity, and food preparation instruction. These activities addresses ongoing problems of childhood obesity and the lack of outdoor physical exercise opportunities.