Community garden provides healthy options for WIC clients in Johnson Co.

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OLATHE, Kan. — More than 8,000 people in the Johnson County Women, Infants, and Children program will have a chance to devour some leafy greens from the program’s community gardens once they’re ripe for the picking.

“With the WIC food packet we have, it’s lacking in some of the vitamin A, vitamin C that they could really use in their diets,” said volunteer Laura Drake.

In addition to the six to 10 dollars WIC clients get to buy produce at the store, they will receive a bundle of freshly picked vegetables straight from the garden.

WIC clients who choose to volunteer will be able to take home as much produce as they need.

“We want to emphasize the value more and more of having fresh food fruits and vegetables in the diet. And what better way than to have it grown right here in your own back yard,” said Dennis Patton of K-State Research and Extension.

The program started last year and has since quadrupled. What started with only four rows of vegetables grew into 12. Volunteers planted veggies with a long shelf life which includes onions, cabbage, and broccoli.

The garden is located at 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. Every Tuesday, volunteers gather to garden from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

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