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KIPP students prepare for community garden opening

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Students from KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School gathered at the city’s community garden to harvest the greens they planted in August.

The students prepared packages that will be given to less fortunate families and senior citizens.

Elroy Brown, director of the Mississippi County Body and Soul program, said he hopes the experience open students up to trying a healthier diet.

“It’s easy to be able to help in the community,” Brown said. “It doesn’t take a lot of money and we want them to know if they don’t eat fruits and vegetables, give it a try. We want them to realize everything doesn’t come from a fast food restaurant, everything doesn’t come from McDonald's and this food is very healthy for them.”

Brown said the community garden is not only open to people in the Blytheville area, its even attracted people from Southeast Missouri.

“We want to encourage people to do this very same thing in their backyards on a smaller scale,” Brown said.

The community garden is located at 600 McHaney Drive in front First Missionary Baptist Church and will open on Tuesday, October 20.

Brown says it’s open to visitors at any time, but he asks them to be mindful of what they pick so that there is some available to everyone.

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