Community garden continuing to feed the less fortunate this holiday season

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BROWNWOOD, Texas (KRBC) - Making fresh produce year round is the primary mission of one Brownwood Garden but what they do with the produce makes it even more special.

The gardeners work extra hard this time of year to put food on the table for those in need.

"The red Russian kale and the turnip greens and the cilantro," Daniel Graham said, is just a few of the things grown at the Brownwood Area Community Garden.

Daniel Graham is the garden coordinator. His green thumb is what makes the garden flourish.

"We've got 64 of the raised beds and then we have a small orchard area with fruit trees and berries," Graham said.

The garden's primary mission is to grow produce for donation year round.

"The Salvation Army here in Brownwood has a free lunch program. They call it loaves and fishes. It's a free lunch for anyone who wants to show up Monday through Friday at noon," Graham said.

He said most of the produce they donate goes to the Salvation Army, which is especially needed during the winter months.

"The Salvation Army, they're helping a lot of people throughout the year. People show up for that lunch Mondy through Friday and you can tell for many of those people that might be the main meal of the day," Graham said.

The community garden is also open for the community to use.

"I usually plant something that I'm going to eat and something my four girls are going to eat," Gardener Joyce White said.

Joyce White has been leasing her bed since the garden began frowing  in 2009.

"Every year so far, I've planted pinto beans and squash. I've tried watermelon but it doesn't work so good out there," she said.

With produce blooming across the garden, Graham hopes it would bring volunteers to the non-profit organization.

"We're looking for donations of time, volunteers. Certainly, we always need volunteers and we need board members," Graham said.


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