Local Community Garden Helps Residents Grow Free Food | KTVE

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MONROE, The. (KTVE/KARD) – A local community garden in Monroe aims to help locals grow their own food, and it’s now available for anyone to drop by and cut some fresh produce.

“Anyone can come here. It’s free. You don’t have to pay anything. You can just come here and get fresh vegetables and whatever, you know,” said resident Tee Fox.

Darian Belton, founder of Taynylei Plant-ery says his mission is to inspire people to grow their own food while saving money.

“It’s much healthier. Unfortunately, many of the pesticides they use these days are harder to wash off, so when you garden your own organic produce, you don’t have to worry about extra chemicals being added.

The community garden is accessible to everyone. You can find it on Sherrouse Street. Some residents have already adopted part of it to grow their food.

“We have Booker T Senior Village, Kingsway Apartments, Roy Neal Shelling. Sr. Elementary School and we bring everyone together. We will partner with seniors and educate students,” Belton explained.

The community garden is self-funded and provides all the tools needed for gardening. Jasmine Marshall is a representative of Taynylei Plant-ery, and she says all you have to do is show up and cut up your favorite vegetables.

“A lot of people aren’t familiar with growing lettuce, collard greens. These things are easy to grow in 30-45 days. You also get vitamin D from the sun when you get active. You bring the community together. There’s so much that comes with it beyond just growing your food, it’s like the whole experience.

“It’s true. It’s like your own little fresh produce market. You come here and get what you need,” Fox added.

The Taynylei Plant-ery Community Garden is currently accepting donations and can be contacted at

(318) 232-8788. A volunteer day will be organized on August 10 at 6 p.m.

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