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  • Subject: [cg] Text from MLive.com
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 11:35:21 EDT

Adopt-A-Flat grows nonprofit's funds

Growing Hope looking for volunteers

Monday, April 19, 2004

News staff reporter

In the spirit of springtime, plant enthusiasts can help grow seedlings that will later be transplanted into community-based gardens, thanks to a new program sponsored by the nonprofit Growing Hope.

Through its Adopt-A-Flat program, Growing Hope is providing seeds, pots, trays, soil and instructions for those who wish to give vegetables, herbs and flowers a healthy start on their windowsills. Volunteers can opt to plant the flowers and plants in community gardens, such as those at Perry School, the Ypsilanti Freighthouse and Ypsilanti Head Start in late May or early June.

Growing Hope executive director Amanda Edmonds said the program is a tangible way for people to support community gardening projects.

"They have a visual reminder of what they're doing and how they are contributing - to see that they've grown something and can hand it over to someone. One tomato plant produces a lot of tomatoes. That's a lot of tomatoes that can be distributed to SOS (Community Services) or another place that needs it."

Growing Hope board member Sharon Sheldon said the nonprofit provides good physical activity and nutritional knowledge to those learning to grow and harvest vegetables. "The Adopt-A-Flat program is important because it involves (people) having access to plants, resources and fresh fruits and vegetables at no cost or minimal cost."

Growing Hope also is accepting volunteers and donations for its Ypsilanti Roots and Shoots program, which teaches youth about gardening, nutrition and entrepreneurialship.

At 5:30 p.m. May 16, the nonprofit will hold Pasta Verde: Growing Hope Community Dinner and Garden Celebration at the Freighthouse complete with food, entertainment and a silent auction of garden-related items. Tickets range from $5 to $40.

Growing Hope serves primarily disadvantaged populations by promoting gardening, learning, healthy eating and self-reliance.

Katherine Lowrie can be reached at klowrie@annarbornews.com or (734) 482-2263.

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