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Volunteers get Youngstown Inner City Gardens ready for planting season

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It may not look like much now, but once produce begins to grow at the Youngstown Inner City Gardens, the space will help feed several hundred people.

"We are in a food desert right here.  There is no fresh food.  There is no grocery stores.  We have to take two buses to get, these people have to take two buses, connecting buses, to get to a grocery store," said Mason Carratt of Youngstown.

Produce grown at the Youngstown Inner City Gardens last year helped feed more than 400 people in Youngstown.  Carratt, who owns and maintains the gardens, says he hopes to double that number this year.

Along with the American Food Forest, which sits across the street and can be accessed by area residents in need of food, the Youngstown Inner City Garden grows produce and provides it to local organizations.  The Youngstown Inner City Gardens also offers gardening opportunities to wheelchair bound residents of Grovewood Manor, which sits down the street.

Employees with Huntington Bank volunteered their time Tuesday to help spruce up the Youngstown Inner City Gardens so they can be planted.

"We've planted berry bushes up in the orchard.  We've also planted various wildflowers throughout it.  Rototilled.  Cultivated.  Just done a bunch of stuff.  Stained all of the wheelchair gardens that are going to be available," said volunteer Jaime Beaudis.

The Youngstown Inner City Gardens is in need of blueberry and blackberry bushes.  Volunteers are also welcome to donate their time to help around the gardens.

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