The Community Action Garden Program is designed to encourage economic self-support by providing low-income households with the essential materials to start growing a vegetable garden.
Those who are eligible receive a $20 voucher from Community Action which can be used to purchase garden products such as garden seeds, garden plants and/or fertilizers.
Crystal Bell, Logan County Coordinator, said the $20 is an increase from $15 last year and is enough to help people get a garden started.
“We usually have several participants,” Bell said. Last year over 100 people in Logan County received vouchers.
“We try to encourage people with these vouchers to grow their own food and maybe even can some and sell some,” Bell said.
“The whole point is to take the $20 voucher and turn it into something worth a lot more,” she added.
Vouchers can be used at participating local stores. Last year stores like Farmers Hardware, Southern States and Hickory Hill as well as others participated. Bell said she recently sent out letters to local businesses asking for their participation.
When people pick up the vouchers, they can also pick up information on gardening. Bell said they try to educate people about how to grow plants for food.
“A lot of people think they don’t have room for a garden,” Bell said. “But a lot of things can be planted in pots.”
Bell said gardening in pots is often easier and good for people with handicaps and elderly people.
To be eligible for the vouchers you can have income up to 200 percent of the poverty level. To find out if you qualify, contact the local Community Services Office at 726-2459.