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Hospitality House celebrates first anniversary

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Article Published: Mar. 29, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 29, 2012
Hospitality House celebrates first anniversary

From left are B.R. Hoffman, Blue Ridge Garden Club; Todd Carter, director of development at Hospitality House; Marilyn Wright, president of Blue Ridge Garden Club; Jim Hamilton, Watauga County director of Cooperative Extension; and Garden Club members Lucille Hipp, Cathy Canady and Liz Cornella.

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Area community groups will join together this spring to plant a summer garden which will help provide fresh vegetables for Hospitality House residents.

Almost one acre will be devoted to a crop of herbs and vegetables destined for the Hospitality kitchen, which provides three meals a day to anyone in need.

Hospitality House residents will help harvest the fresh and nutritional food, said Lynne Mason director of Hospitality House, which serves seven High Country counties.

“This garden reflects many groups coming together supporting us,” said Todd Carter, Hospitality House director of development.

Carter said that a project this size is possible through community cooperation.

“Communities Putting Prevention to Work,” a grant to Hospitality House from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, included a garden project.

“A portion of this grant will purchase seeds and plants for our new summer garden, as well as canning and freezing materials to preserve food grown in our gardens,” Mason said.

Thad Taylor, president of the Watauga Chapter of the N.C. Farm Bureau, helped initiate the project and procure the land, located just steps from the Hospitality House entrance. The Farm Bureau has purchased a tiller and pledged support to plow and provide soil amendments.

The Blue Ridge Garden Club of Boone will be responsible for planning the summer garden. President Marilyn Wright said, “Gardening with a mission to address hunger makes this project especially important. Children are always thrilled to see how vegetables grow and we see this as an important lesson in eating healthy.”

Jim Hamilton, Watauga County director for the N.C. Cooperative Extension, recently advised the team and suggested the local master gardeners program could also assist with the project.

Local groups interested in donating materials such as gardening tools are welcome to contact Carter at (828) 264-1237. Shovels, spades, hoes, garden hoses and gloves are needed.

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