Ministry giving garden grants, help with training

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Now is the time to get ready to enjoy all those fresh vegetables out of the garden and to save money in the process.

Now is also the time to get help doing it.

Each year, beginning on April 1, Roane County Cooperative Ministry offers garden grants to help pay for starting a vegetable garden.

This year, the Ministry is also teaming up with Roane County Agricultural Extension Agent Grant Palmer and the Master Gardeners to provide garden training on April 12.

Garden grants provide up to $30 per family to low-income residents of Roane County.

Grants can be used to cover the cost of seeds, plants and one bag of fertilizer.

The grants may be redeemed at either Browder’s Ace Hardware, Kingston, or Valley Farmers Co-op, Midtown.

Grant applications will be taken from 9 a.m. to noon each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ministry office at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Midtown, until funds are depleted.

After completing the grant application, each applicant will receive a ticket for the gardening courses on April 12.

Topics covered will include basic gardening skills, year-round gardening, insect and disease management, composting, square-foot and container gardening.

These efforts are provided through a collaboration of churches across Roane County, support from the East Tennessee Presbytery, and from Roane County neighbors helping neighbors.