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Kansas City Community Gardens volunteers package seeds for planting season

Posted at 12:40 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 18:11:07-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tuesday’s beautiful weather has people in the metro ready to garden. 

Volunteers at Kansas City Community Gardens spent the day packaging seeds.

"We at least give them about 4 to 6 hours a day," said Frank Ellison, a volunteer at Kansas City Community Gardens. 

For nearly 10 years, Ellison has been spending his time at KCCG every Tuesday and Thursday.

"Well, I enjoy gardening and enjoy the fruit and the vegetables and everything and all the people here," said Ellison. 

Every season, volunteers put together 40,000 packages of a variety of seeds to be distributed beginning on March 1. 

KCCG assists low-income households and community groups in the metro area to produce vegetables and fruit from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites. 

"Any group that wants to grow together, we help them establish a garden," said Courtney Foy, Director of Development and Marketing at Kansas City Community Gardens. 

The nonprofit has been around for 35 years with the goal of inspiring and empowering people to grow their own food.

"Our goal is to get families out to garden, to lower their grocery costs, to get physically active outdoors and to improve their nutrition," said Foy. 

All seeds and plants offered at KCCG are tested and specifically chosen to produce a maximum harvest in the metro area. 

KCCG offers free workshops for people interested in learning more about gardening and nutrition.