University Extension in Texas County will host its annual Garden Work Day Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at its location on South Sam Houston Blvd. in Houston.

The event is designed to help anyone interested prepare community garden plots for planting.

They are available for use by any Texas County resident. There is no fee for people who tend to their own plot, and gardeners who do maintain their own are welcome to keep crops they grow or donate them to University Extension. Donated crops will be forwarded to the Texas County Food Pantry for distribution to families in need within the community.

Plots are also available for sponsorship by businesses, organizations or individuals for a $40 fee per plot. Sponsored, or “adopted” plots, are maintained by volunteers from the community and produce grown in them is donated to the food pantry.

The local community garden was started in 2008.

“The idea of a community garden is to have a place for people who don’t necessarily have the means to have a garden plot at home,” said Amber Dailing of the Unversity Extension in Texas County. “And none of the food goes outside the community – it’s either eaten by the people who grow it or given to the local food pantry and distributed back to people in our area.”

Extension staff will be on hand at Garden Work Day for helping people sign up for plots and sponsorship. More than one plot may be tended or sponsored.

For more information, call University Extension office at 417-967-4545.


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