wilbert_espinal_web.jpgThe Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale and Carlisle Development Group recently hosted the inaugural planting for a community garden for residents of Dixie Court Apartments, a 254-unit affordable housing development at 940 S. Dixie Court, Fort Lauderdale.

Built by the Authority’s Step-Up apprentices, the garden comprises 18 multi-level raised garden beds and trellises and is designed to accommodate all ages, along with wheelchair access.

More than 60 people attended the inaugural planting of tomotoes, squash and okra, along with other vegetables.

The aim is not only to grow food but also to enhance residents’ quality of life and promote self-reliance.

“I'm happy to see that Carlisle and HACFL are promoting a healthy diet and have made Dixie Court a better place to live," Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said in a statement announcing the project.

Dixie Court Apartments is a joint venture between Carlisle Development Group and the Housing Authority, whose mission is to assist low-income families with safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities as they strive to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their lives.

The Authority demolished more than 75 homes to make way for the new development aimed at very low income and low-income individuals and/or households, the majority of whom are African Americans.