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Community Garden Underway In Richfield

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By Jeff Gomske

Richfield, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The town of Richfield made it a goal to put together a community garden and this weekend it happened.

The ceremony took place in a donated plot of land behind the United Methodist Church.

Over time, Richfield, like many rural towns discovered that many within the area suffer from bad nutrition.

The community garden is a way for them to fight back at the statistics while building self–esteem and productivity.

Many were enticed to show up with the prospect of receiving free seeds and a free plot.

In addition, they have the help of two master gardeners and a master food preserver to assist families.

"About 80% of our population is low–income. Most of the kids at school qualify for free or reduced lunches. So this is a way to provide healthy eating and to let them get into gardening", adds Cheri Ross, United Methodist Church.

The hope is to get at least ten families signed up this year. 100 packages of seeds were donated this year and the land belongs to the church.

The cost is simply the time to show up and take care of your plot and reap the harvest.


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