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Housing authority residents plant a community garden

Although Spring just arrived, Summer won't be here fast enough for one young boy.

Phillip Rivers helped other residents of the Thomson Housing Authority plant a community garden Saturday morning.

"I just hope we get to eat whatever we are growing," the 10-year-old said as he patted freshly-tilled soil over some seeds.

The Thomson Housing Authority began the community garden project last year and eight gardeners reaped a bountiful harvest. This year, seven gardeners are taking advantage of the 1,400 square feet of tilled soil with an irrigation system, surrounded by an eight-foot high fence on Willow Street.

Housing Authority Maintenance Supervisor Eddie Kendrick and a crew tilled the soil and built a potting shed beside the garden plot. Saturday morning, residents arrived with hoes, buckets of fertilizer and seeds in hand to work their 40-ft. rows. A group from Citizens of Georgia Power also helped.

"Last year, my husband planted this, but he passed, so I'm trying to keep it up," said Patricia Kendrick as she hoed her spot.

Ms. Kendrick said she was planting tomatoes, okra, collards and peas.

The Housing Authority also has a few rows on the garden, where they are growing tomatoes, cabbage, all types of peppers, green beans, okra, squash and cucumbers. Housing Authority Occupancy Clerk Carolyn Andrews said the produce will be shared with the shut-in residents of the community.

"The Housing Authority Tenant Association will grow the vegetables, then harvest them, cook them and deliver them to residents, so it's a self-sustaining program," Housing Authority Director Kelly Evans said. "I think that's the neatest part of it."

Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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