Outreach taking applications for Garden of Hope program

Published 5:57 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Donations, mentors sought from community
Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry recently began taking applications for the second annual Garden of Hope Program. This program, sponsored jointly by Western Carolina Community Action (WCCA) and Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry (Outreach), offers low-income families the opportunity to purchase needed tools, seeds and fertilizer for a successful vegetable garden. It also gives families the opportunity to learn a new skill, build family ties and develop a network of community relationships.
The Garden of Hope project could use the community’s help in several ways. Garden supplies can be funded by a $45 contribution to Outreach. Or, if you prefer to get your hands dirty and teach a gardener the skills you have learned to create a productive garden with a variety of crops, consider becoming a garden mentor. Whether you sponsor a gardener with a financial contribution or become a mentor, you will receive an invitation to the harvest celebration at the end of the season. This festive gathering will include food, blue ribbon competitions, games, prizes and more.
For more information about this program, call Michelle Reedy, client services coordinator at Outreach at 828-894-2988 or come by the Outreach office.
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by Wendy Thomas

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