Thousands of pounds in produce from community garden helps Hopkins Co. residents

Thousands of pounds in produce from community garden helps Hopkins Co. residents

HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) - In Hopkins County, a community garden run by a local bank is providing for thousands across the community.

"The Green Acre" is an acre plot in Madisonville's Mahr Park which helps those who can't afford sustainable grocery options.

Since 2015, when this program first started, it has helped feed more than an estimated 15,000 people.

Over the last three years, Independence Bank employees have produced more than 23,000 pounds of corn, more than 700 pounds of tomatoes, and hundreds of various peppers.

Much of that produce is donated to the Food Bank, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and Hope 4 All.

"It's very rewarding. We announce in the morning that we're going to work in the garden today and every one of them raises their hands to come help," Independence Bank leader Kent Mills said.

Farm to Fork is a fundraiser which supports future farmers and the farmers market. Since it started, the bank has raised nearly $18,000 for organizations like 4-H and FFA.

In the last two years, more than 200 youth have been given the chance to go to camps, leadership conferences and workshops.

This year's Farm to Fork dinner will be held on August 25 at the Ballard Convention Center.

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