POSTED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:14pm
Hallsville, TX (Longview News-Journal) — The onions planted Saturday to start Hallsville’s new community garden might take months to grow, but residents’ excitement was immediately visible.
The onions were the first crops planted in Hallsville’s Outreach Garden, a new project started by a group of residents in connection with Hallsville Outreach, a nonprofit agency that assists local families with food and clothing.
“I am excited that I am not the only one out here planting onions,” said David Holman, president of Hallsville Outreach. “I gathered the group (of volunteers) in about a day.”
Ten workers, ranging in age from children to elderly Hallsville residents, began work about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on the piece of ground marked out for the community garden, just north of U.S. 80 on the west side of the town.
In addition to the onions, organizers hope to plant tomatoes, okra, squash and corn to be ready in time for a fall harvest.
Holman said much of the food grown would go to support Hallsville Outreach, and the remainder would be given away or sold at a low cost.
“I don’t remember anything being done by the community like this,” said Mayor Jerri Medrano, who grew up in Hallsville and said she is excited by the prospect of a community garden.
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