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Tod’s Crossing to expand garden program

WARREN – National Church Residences Tod’s Crossing, 1330 Blakely Circle SW, Warren, was awarded the “People’s Garden Grant” which will provide funds to expand the gardening program that was started this year.

Barbara Mascio, property manager at Tod’s Crossing, said in a news release the Tod’s Crossing received news that the grant had been accepted.

She said growing food will be an empowering step towards self-reliance and improved health with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Mascio and Beverly Hall, the assistant manager of Tod’s, learned of a grant facilitated by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation who in 2011, was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, People’s Garden Grant Program to provide micro grants for the establishment of new gardens.

Trumbull Neighborhood Project is providing education for the seniors that have never grown food from a seed.

TNP will help to build the raised beds and provide guidance through the entire process. At harvest time, TNP is providing a chef who will come to Tod’s and teach a class in food preservation.

Good Natured Landscaping Service donated three apple trees, a cherry and a peach tree so that, in time, the seniors at Tod’s will have fresh fruit from their very own orchard, the release states.

Mascio said a donated chest freezer will be used to store some of the food grown year-round.

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