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Lone Star Adventure: Community Garden

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Spring has sprung and many north Texans are working hard to get their gardens planted. In one local suburb, gardening has become a community effort. For week's Lone Star Adventure FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us to the Coppell Community Garden.

Coppell's two community gardens are a family affair, with 75 gardeners from 60 local families pitching in to help. The city provides the land and funding while volunteers provide the labor.

There is currently a waiting list for gardeners but years ago it was a different story. Organizers say they had to reach out to the community to get people involved. Now the gardeners are coming to them.

The gardens produce year-round and are both organic. What they grow is mostly given away to needy families. More than 100,000 pounds of produce has gone to the Metrocrest Social Services Food Pantry since the garden started in 1998.

It's an idea that seems to be catching on. Since Coppell started its Community Garden other nearby cities and church groups have started community gardens of their own.

In these tough times, organizers say the increase in demand is unbelievable. Each Saturday and Wednesday in the summer produce is harvested and taken to Carrollton for distribution.

For information about how to get involved please visit the Coppell Community Garden website.

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