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January 22, 2013

Participants, ideas sought for garden

Spot picked out, first meeting set — The steps to a healthier lifestyle often begin with a smart diet and regular physical activities, two areas that are about to be made much easier by a new Pauls Valley project.

Hoping to grow local support and involvement as spring approaches is Betsy White, current chair for the Garvin County Health Coalition, who is looking for those interested in getting a community garden established. All she needs is people anywhere in the county who might be interested in having their own spot and their ideas on how it could be done at a meeting this Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re thrilled, there’s a big push for nutrition in health,” said White. “I really would like to get a large sampling of the community there.”

Scheduled to be held in the Fiesta Room at Tio’s, which is on the corner of Grant Avenue and Indian Meridian, the meeting will discuss the use of about an acre in a field near the restaurant, said White. The use of the land was recently offered by the Restaurant’s manager, Burns Densmore, and it’s important that those who wish to grow their own produce get involved soon since some of the planting will likely need to get started sometime in February.

All ideas on how section off or shape the garden will be welcomed be it suggestions for care or eventually going with raised beds, said White. She’s excited to include this in her own activities having only relocated to Wynnewood last year and for those who helped start the coalition when it was just a Pauls Valley organization a few years ago, it is satisfying to see this dream come to fruition.

“Once we have a better idea of who all’s going to come and what they want we’ll have a better idea of how to proceed… hopefully it will start out as ideas and brainstorms and go from there,” said White, who added how it compliments her work with the McClain/Garvin County Youth & Family Center. “It would be up to us to mark it off and how to use it.”

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