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Innovative Georgia Food Initiative Looks to Expand Reach

An innovative food initiative in west Georgia looks to expand after its successful trial run over the summer.

Several groups hope to expand the community garden project to provide food for charitable organizations.

Organizer Mike Gilroy is project director for a
sustainable-agriculture educational program called The Growers School.

Gilroy and other members of the West Georgia Community Food
Initiative worked to create the Buffalo Creek Community Food
Project.

By the time all of the summer crops had been harvested, the garden yielded more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Carroll County Emergency Shelter.

Shelter director Martha Boyce says the fresh produce the shelter received provided great relief over the summer to those in need.

Besides Gilroy, members of the West Georgia Community Food Initiative include representatives from groups such as the Carroll
County Cooperative Extension Office, the Carroll County Master
Gardeners, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and others.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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