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Deep Roots donates 1,295 pounds of fresh vegetables

Deep Roots Community Garden of Mocksville had an end of the season workday on Saturday, Oct. 17 for the closing of the 2020 season.

Eight people turned out to work at the gardens.  Mike Barnhardt, Dale Yokley, Teresa Johnson, Dave Salmon, Sally Brill, Arnie Harpe, Lisa Phelps and Jennifer Smeeton. They spread wood chips, straw, clipped vines and weeded.

Dave Battle worked the Monday before spreading wood chips and Judy Rosser worked the Friday before spreading straw on the beds.

Tiffany Evans, her two children, Brantley and Madelyn and their two friends Levi and Katy Mae Green came down on Wednesday, Oct. 21 to paint the Deep Roots sign, flower beds and borders. They also weeded.

Tracy and Reid Huneycutt have garden beds at the storehouse garden and they worked at that garden.

Jesse Ledbetter, agricultural teacher at the Davie High School and his students also worked at the storehouse garden this season

“It was an amazing week and I am so very, very proud of all of our gardeners and their families,” said garden coordinator, Diane Salmon. “The gardens look amazing and it all has to do with them. It truly is a community garden.”

Salmon went on to thank local businesses for donations, the Town of Mocksville for donations of leaf mulch, Phil Morris for his care of a watering system, Charlie Woodruff for critter control and maintenance, Sarah Wood, Rebecca Brown, Alice Hanes and Mary Anne Peele for their help with a Spring garden sale and community members who have made donations.

“We also had some high school students who worked at the storehouse garden this season. We would like to thank Tanner Atkins, D.J. Hatley, Jarret Barnes, Rod Collins, Sam Rosser, Nathan Linville and Griffin Farrell for their help and support this year.

“We have had an interesting year,” Salmon said, but have still managed to donate 1,295 pounds of produce to charities. This is our seventh season and our total produce donations for those seven years is 11,650 pounds of produce.  I couldn’t be prouder of our gardeners or of this community.”