Miami opens new community garden

A new edible garden has been launched in Miami, Florida, to help feed the areas poorest people.

The community garden was launched today (April 1st) and will see produce grown in over 40 plots donated to local organisations to help provide Miamis hungry with healthy food.

Miami mayor Manuel Diaz praised the community garden, explaining it will benefit the environment and promote sustainability.

"[It] is a great example of local residents and neighbours working together to create a sustainable green space that will provide them with fresh fruits and vegetables and a sense of community," he said.

The community garden will be coordinated by ScottsMiracle-Gro, Keep America Beautiful, Keep Miami Beautiful, the Garden Writers Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, the National Gardening Association and Franklin Park Conservatory.

It is part of a country-wide drive to encourage Americans to help feed others called Plant a Row for the Hungry.

Organisers hope US gardeners will take the GroGood pledge of "growing for the greater good" and ScottsMiracle-Gro has promised to produce a million pounds of fresh food for the nations hungry.

The company hopes that donation will be matched by horticulturalists across the country.

Recently, Michelle Obama broke ground on a similar project on the South Lawn of the White House that will see food provided for both the first family and a local soup kitchen.