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Community garden combating food insecurity

Though the final tallies have not come in for how much food has been produced this season, in 2016 the garden produced approximately 500 lbs of produce. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

The Community Action Partnership of Northeast Missouri is combating hunger throughout Adair County with its community garden.

The agency provides free seeds and land based on income guidelines before opening the land to the general public.

"It's pretty peaceful out there," said project coordinator Teresa Ross.

The garden, behind its Jamison Street Head Start location, not only supplies fresh and healthy food, comparatively, one packet of seeds is cheaper than a single fruit or vegetable at the grocery store, and that single packet yields much more.

Ross admits it does require work, effort and time.

Though the final tallies have not come in for how much food has been produced this season, in 2016 the garden produced approximately 500 lbs of produce.

Ross said the garden is looking to expand.

"There's been talk about a green house. We'd like to maybe look at that as an option down the road," Ross said.

Next year, a prospective eagle scout will help build more planting beds.

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