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6,100 Pounds of Produce!

Master gardeners Betty Keese and Rose Payne proudly hoist a freshly picked head of cauliflower.

Three times a week, green-thumbed volunteers with Comal Master Gardener Association visit Comal County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 325 Resource Drive in New Braunfels, to work on the garden there.

This year, they grew and donated a record 6,100 pounds of produce to five area food banks this year, beating last year’s record of 5,200 pounds of fresh vegetables.

Troy Luepke, extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, says Comal County provides space for the garden as well as office services for the gardeners. The garden was established in 2011.

Since then, the Master Gardeners have raised and donated over 24,000 pounds of produce for local food banks.

“Part of our mission is to educate the community on the fun and importance of growing your own food, and the master gardeners are a perfect fit with that,” Luepke said. “We’re proud to help them provide food to so many county residents.”

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