By Crystal J. Damron
May 15, 2013 —
A new opportunity for citizens who may not have the knowledge, tools or land to grow a garden is sprouting in Carter County.
Janice Weber, along with other members of the congregation at New Beginnings have began the planning stages of a Community Garden in Grayson.
Land near the Carter County Jail has already been donated for use by East Carter FFA Sponsor Kenny Brammell.
Weber says “anyone who comes out and works the garden can take produce home when the time comes.”
With fresh produce prices raising, the group is hoping to help volunteers understand how much can raised at home.
“It takes very little money and just a little bit of work to help make a difference in your grocery bills,” Weber said.
Weber said the group also would like to get folks in the community who would be interested in sharing a talent, such a canning or sewing, to volunteer for future classes and programs.
“The hope is to make this the first step of many in showing the community how much we can do on our own,” Weber said. “We do not depend on large corporate companies.”
“We should have already had potatoes in the ground but we are needing committed people to say that they will work in it,” Weber said. “This is a project that needs to get off the ground as soon as possible.”
Weber went on to explain “without committed people we are going to throw it (the land) back to Mr. Brammell.”
Those interested in participating with the community garden or any other project should contact Weber at 474-8693 or Gary Rogers at 315-5780.
Crystal Damron can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 474-5101.