HICKORY — The Hickory Branch, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is seeking participants in its gardens program.

The branch is asking pastors to send an adult and at least two youths to its garden assignment program at 1 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the Ridgeview gardens behind the Ridgeview Recreation Center.

The Hickory Branch, NAACP, has prepared 20 garden sections for 15 churches and one garden for the following: Carolina Care (Hospice), Housing Authority, Soup Kitchen, a senior citizens group, and NAACP Youth.

The branch is working to get youths from area churches and other groups to learn how to plant vegetables and care for gardens throughout the year. The first plants and seeds have been planted. The names of the churches and other groups have been posted in front of the assigned gardens.

The gardens are secured with a tall fence. Water and a storage building are available. All three have the same combination lock number, which will be given out on Friday.

For more information, call Sam Hunt, president, at 828-328-5013 and leave a name and phone number.

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