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Helping Hands plans garden

With their latest project Helping Hands of Ennis hopes to plant the seeds of opportunity and nurture them until they grow, both literally and figuratively.
Plans for the "Giving Garden" were finalized this week and the agency is gearing up for what will be a multi-functional garden that will yield organic fruits and vegetables to be given to clients who receive aid through the agency’s food pantry. The project is something pantry coordinator Tisha Brown is looking forward to, because it will see community members working the garden to help those who will receive a portion of the harvest.
"This idea is something we are all very excited about here because it will mean more opportunity for volunteers to interact with our agency and get to know what we’re about and it will allow us to provide our clients with garden fresh food that is also grown organically" she said. "The more food items they receive from the garden, means that we can spend our money on other items such as protein sources when we purchase foods for families."
The group plans to plant their garden directly behind the agency on March 28, which means they will be able to start giving away the fruits of their labor in June. With crops of tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, cabbage, squash, cucumbers, onions and okra, the garden would provide a variety of items for clients. The group also plans to plant fruit trees that will eventually yield peaches and plums and they also hope to grow a blackberry thicket.
Brown said she is encouraged by the support the project has already received from community member Tommy Copeland, who has volunteered his time and expertise to help get the project moving.

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