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Midwest Food Resources wraps up community gardens harvest

Midwest Food Resources community gardens in North Battleford are winding down for the season after wrapping up their harvest.

The project includes three gardens: the first is used by participating local residents who each pay a fee to rent space to grow vegetables each year. The second garden is used for the Midwest Food Resources’ Fresh Food Box program. The third is dedicated primarily for produce donations to local charities.

Midwest Food Resources executive director Vesna Fa said it was a good year for growing fresh fruits and vegetables.

“The gardens are all done for the year now,” she added.

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