Walmart gives huge boost to Farragut community garden

Walmart gives huge boost to Farragut community garden

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The YMCA's Community Giving Garden received a big boost from the Walmart foundation. The YMCA's Community Giving Garden received a big boost from the Walmart foundation.
The grant money will go to adding more staff and supplies. The grant money will go to adding more staff and supplies.
The garden started with only soil beds, but now they have added hydroponic gardens that use water instead of soil to grow the produce. The garden started with only soil beds, but now they have added hydroponic gardens that use water instead of soil to grow the produce.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

FARRAGUT (WATE) - The YMCA's Community Giving Garden received a big boost from the Walmart foundation.

The company donated $38,000 to help expand the program and bring more healthy food and nutrition education to the community.

In 2013 alone, the garden at the Davis Family YMCA was able to distribute 11,000 pounds of fresh produce to the community.

"We started the program because we see the hunger in town that needs to be satisfied with healthy foods and we saw our place as providing healthy food to Fish Pantry, Manna House and other places that help feed the hungry in our community," said YMCA of East Tennessee President and CEO Jim Dickson.

The grant money will go to adding more staff and supplies.

The garden started with only soil beds, but now they have added hydroponic gardens that use water instead of soil to grow the produce.

"We have three different hydroponic systems," said master gardener Ellen Morar. "We have Dutch buckets and we have the lettuce table and we have stackers that we use to grow greens and herbs and our strawberries."

Morar says those systems are not only used to help produce more food, they are also used to educate the public. They hosts several classes a year that teach people how to grow food at home using these same systems.

"We've had 30 plus members at each of the classes we've offered and they also come out here and volunteer and they've been very interesting in learning about gardening and helping support our garden here," said Morar.

They hope with that support and this latest donation they will be able to expand the reach of the program to other areas.

"Our goal is to  end hunger here in town and do our part to hopefully make that happen someday," said Dickson.

They plan to next expand the gardens at the Cansler and Downtown YMCA locations.

For more information on the Community Giving Garden's click here.

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