Sylvester farm is the first of its kind in Worth County

Sam X is the farm manager at the community garden. (Source: WALB)
Sam X is the farm manager at the community garden. (Source: WALB)
The community garden is run by volunteers and students. (Source: WALB)
The community garden is run by volunteers and students. (Source: WALB)

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - One farm in Sylvester is growing a certain type of fruit no other farm in the county is growing.

"These are our watermelon. We have squash, okra," said Sam X, the senior farm manager.

The Sylvester Community Garden, like other gardens, has been growing many different fruits and vegetables, but now they're doing something no one else in Sylvester has done.

"This is the first time anyone has ever had a banana farm in Worth County, period," said Sam.

According to those at the community garden, the United States spent $1.1 billion importing bananas into the country, but researchers working with the farm hope to one day reduce that spending.

"We're learning the different ways to grow bananas. I think we have maybe 12 different types of bananas here," Sam said.

Sam and others at the farm are also hoping bananas will become more common in the US when it comes to how they are produced.

"So what we try to do here at the Village Community Garden is introduce people to products, vegetables and fruits that we normally don't know very much about," explained Sam.

The community garden is run by volunteers and students. The banana trees themselves were even donated to the farm.

"The person who gave us the banana trees, this guy is in the top five research people dealing with bananas in the world, not the country, the world," Sam said.

Everything grown at the community garden is free to the public, which means as soon as the bananas are ready, anyone can go and try one of the only bananas grown in Worth County.

"All of the vegetables here are free, we just give everything away," said Sam.

But one thing that means more to Sam than the banana farm is this:

"We're also teaching our young people, it's not where you're from, it's what you're doing where you are," said Sam.

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