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Columbus Food Oasis

Georgia Food Oasis seeks to connect and empower Georgians to healthier ways to eat, cook, and grow local, fresh food through access, events, and education. We collaborate with local organizations, businesses, growers, and residents within communities to self-develop innovative and affordable ways to discover, taste, and learn about food. Georgia Food Oasis is a starting point for communities to facilitate a bigger discussion on increasing access to truly healthy food. 

Columbus Food Oasis officially launched in 2015 and services Chattahoochee County, Harris County, Marion County, Muscogee County, the Fort Benning area, LaGrange, and other towns up to a 100 mile radius, including Russell County and Auburn, Alabama. Columbus Food Oasis strives to provide education on how eating better food can attribute to a better and more healthy lifestyle. Through providing experiences that bring awareness to the local food movement, Food Oasis Columbus aims to make enjoying fresh food and produce a natural way of life. Get involved in Columbus Food Oasis. 

The Columbus Community Gardens map was created by Columbus State University in partnership with the Food Oasis program. For more information on the map or community gardens in our area, please contact us


Extension Publications
Home Gardening (B 577) This publication explains everything you need to know about growing a successful home vegetable or herb garden, including location and planning, soil preparation, choosing what to plant and how to tend it, fertilizer, weed control, mulching and composting, watering, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and freezing, canning and preserving.
Soil Testing for Home Lawns, Gardens and Wildlife Food Plots (C 896) Developing and maintaining productive soils begin with soil testing. Soils tests provide information on the soil's actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.
Water Quality and Common Treatments for Private Drinking Water Systems (B 939) An abundant supply of clean, safe drinking water is essential for human and animal health. Water from municipal or public water systems is treated and monitored to ensure that it is safe for human consumption. Many Georgia residents, especially in rural areas, rely on private water systems for human and livestock consumption. Most private water systems are supplied by wells. Water from wells in Georgia is generally safe for consumption without treatment. Some waters, however, may contain disease-causing organisms that make them unsafe to drink. Well waters may also contain large amounts of minerals, making them too “hard” for uses such as laundering, bathing or cooking. Some contaminants may cause human health hazards and others can stain clothing and fixtures, cause objectionable tastes and odors, or corrode pipes and other system components.
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