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Community Gardens hosts tomato fundraiser Saturday


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  Tomatoes will be a specialty on the menu this weekend in McDonough, as local gardeners come together to raise money to help families eat healthier.

The third Annual Love and Homegrown Tomatoes Fundraiser will be held this Saturday from 6 until 9 p.m.                   File photo

  The Community Gardens of Henry organization will host the Third Annual Love and Home Grown Tomatoes fundraiser Saturday from 6-9 p.m., at the Heritage Village Garden, 101 Lake Dow Road.

  Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 6 through 16. Kids age 5 and under will be admitted at no charge. The occasion will feature a tomato sandwich buffet, a garden tour, music, a silent auction, vendors, door prizes and a children’s area.

Glenda Garris is the executive director for Henry’s Community Gardens program. She said the purpose of the event is to support the Helping Harvests gardens, as well as her group’s community gardening initiative.

  “We have two Helping Harvests gardens where we grow food for donation, and we have three community gardens,” said Garris. “We’re helping people who need help. We create an environment where people can have naturally-grown vegetables.”

  Last year’s fundraiser brought in more than $4,000 for the Community Gardens program. Garris hopes this weekend’s event will reap at least $5,000.

She added that this weekend’s event recognizes a growing trend toward organic food.

  “Sometimes it can get expensive to buy organic food,” she said. “If you grow your own, it’s healthy eating for the family.”

Tickets for the event can be ordered online at or by calling the Community Gardens office at 770-954-0000.



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