City of North Little Rock Fit 2 Live Initiative

The Fit 2 Live initiative was created in 2009 by the City of North Little Rock and the North Little Rock School District. Its mission is to create environments in the city that support healthy eating and active living. Since gardening supports this mission, the Fit 2 Live community garden program was started in 2011 to incentivize and assist the creation of gardens across North Little Rock (NLR). Currently, one in three NLR school children suffer from overweight or obesity and all of our lower-income neighborhoods lack access to convenient, affordable fruits and vegetables. The community garden program provides access to fresh, locally-grown produce and nutrition education opportunities among community citizens.

Partner organizations include the Pulaski County Extension Service, The People Tree (a local community service organization), churches, neighborhood associations, and community development corporations.

Fit 2 Live began the 2015-2016 year with 24 community gardens; projects are based at schools, community groups, or faith-based organizations throughout NLR. GardenCorps members support garden participants and the entire City of NLR to fulfill North Little Rock's vision to be a truly "Fit 2 Live" community, committed to healthy eating and active living.


2017 - 2018 Service Members


Jewel Coleman

Jewel is from Detroit, Michigan.  She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a psychology degree, but ended up falling in love with plants and their medicinal benefits.  She always had an interest in nutrition due to her many allergies and became empowered from growing her own food and making her own meals.  She's become inspired to help empo