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Growing a Bountiful Hope
Gary Burch runs a drip irrigation line through two rows of sweet corn while working with his family Saturday morning at Bountiful Hope Farms, just outside of Monroe. Bountiful Hope Farms, a nonprofit farm that donates its produce to area food pantries, was recently awarded a $2,750 grant to help pay for a drip irrigation system around all their produce. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - Bountiful Hope Farms, a nonprofit farm that donates the produce it grows to area food pantries, is always experimenting. But experimentation is costly and planting and growing the produce comes with the aggregated cost of labor, irrigation and general upkeep. Volunteer workers help mitigate the labor cost, and now a grant awarded to the Bountiful Hope endeavor by the FruitGuys Community Fund will help offset some of the other costs.