First Crops Planted in Downtown Urban Gardens

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 11, 2013 Updated May 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – A local organization is helping the community blossom by planting fresh produce in downtown Fort Wayne.

Sprouting an end to hunger. A Better Fort charitable organization held their first of many plant days for their sustainable urban gardens, to teach the community how to plant and harvest.

The group spent Saturday morning at the Rialto Theatre garden, planting peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables.

A Better Fort developed the urban gardens to help eliminate hunger and promote healthier lifestyles within Fort Wayne. Clint Kelly with A Better Fort says he hopes to make the community flourish by making healthier food more attainable to everyone.

“We're trying to give back to the community, give them the resources to be sustainable. We'd like to see over the next ten years, 100 farms and see at least 40 to 50 percent of the food consumed in Fort Wayne be grown locally,” Kelly said.

Kelly says he hopes the group can start harvesting their gardens by next month. They plan to hold more community planting sessions within the coming months.

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