FROM READERS: Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture teaches home gardening

Friday, July 18, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:45 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2014
Kelsey Grant, left, Tracey Goldner, center, and Katie LaJeunesse Connette pick strawberries at Kilgore's Community Garden as part of a Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture workday.

Tracey Goldner is a graduate student studying journalism at the University of Missouri. She is currently working as a health reporter and a copy editor for the Missourian and volunteers with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture in her spare time. She's been volunteering with CCUA since March 2014.

What issues or organizations do you feel strongly about supporting? How do you do that?

I currently volunteer with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. I found them through a friend and volunteer about five to ten hours per week. I chose this group because I think local food movements are key to creating a healthier, greener and more self-reliant community.

Why does this particular issue or organization matter to you?

I think it's important that people, especially children, understand how food is grown. Many people don't know what to do with vegetables, and they don't know how to grow them. The center teaches people to garden at home and works with students to understand the food-growing process.

How can people get involved?

The center relies heavily on volunteers to help with gardening, work with youth and complete office tasks. The best way to get involved is to visit the website at or contact Heather Gillich at

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