Grant money creates community garden in Rockingham County

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Rockingham County feels it can win the battle against obesity by encouraging groups to plant more community gardens.

Eden's senior center recently received a $250 grant from the Reidsville Area Foundation. The senior center used the money to start their first community garden.

Lois Shumate is a volunteer at the community garden. She says planting, harvesting and maintaining the community garden is relaxing and fun.

"It does a lot of good. It’s not that hard. It’s really not that hard,” Shumate said.

In less than a month, the community garden has produced about 100 pounds of squash, cucumbers, okra and strawberries.

Carla Huffman is the director at the senior center. She says nothing beats the feeling of donating the produce to groups that need it the most.

"We’ve had plenty and we take it to the Salvation Army where they are cooking it. They feed people every day and we are hoping we have enough to take to them every week so they can feed it to people,” Huffman said.

"It's sort of like people come out of the woodwork. They are willing to donate because it’s going to a good cause,” Rockingham County Community Garden Coordinator Deborah Crumpton said.

The Reidsville Area Foundation has grant money to bring more community gardens to Rockingham County. Call the Rockingham County Cooperative Extension office if your group is interested in starting a community garden.