Source: AgriLife Today
Collaboration with Dallas County commissioners at a renovated road and bridge office site has created a demonstration space where the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will reach urban residents.
Richard Davis, AgriLife Extension director in Dallas County, said the renovated 12-acre facility increases the agency’s presence and ability to fight food deserts and above-average rates of chronic health problems, including diabetes and obesity, in a historically underserved urban area.
Davis said educational events featuring raised bed gardens, an instructional kitchen and other installations at the Rowlett Road facility will enable communities in the 26 cities within Dallas County to improve their quality of life.
The 10,461 square-foot building, which once housed equipment for road and bridge maintenance and county vehicles, was renovated into office and event space for multiple county offices. A 4-H awards banquet was the first official Extension meeting at the new facility since it opened, Davis said.
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.