“She saved tons of money, but also since she grew it, she knew it was safe,” she added. “Now she is looking forward to getting started again this spring.”
Already this season, three new gardeners have joined the program and three more new inquiries have been made. The More the merrier, according to Ritchie. Just call FYI’s main office at (937) 845-0403 or sign up using the link below.
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“There is a lot of excitement, a lot of buzz,” said Ritchie. “I’m happy with the way things have started this season. After Mother’s Day, we’ll start planting, so there’s still plenty of time for others to join in.”
Those who participate in the community garden benefit not only from free fresh vegetables but also the exercise required to grow them. Participants get help choosing their veggies and the size of their plot as well as learn how to plant and cultivate the garden. They will also learn how to harvest, properly cook and preserve the veggies for use throughout the winter.
Kermit Rowe coordinates communications for Family & Youth Initiatives