9 On Your Side first told you about ‘Little Bud Thorbs-Hattie Mae Community Garden’ last year when they received a grant to help feed ‘desert areas’ in Lenoir and surrounding counties.
This was all an effort to help ease tensions after the Piggly Wiggly in Grifton closed.
After a successful year at the farmers market last year, the garden now received another grant from the USDA to help expand its efforts.
The garden is purchasing a 21 hundred square foot indoor facility.
This will allow the garden to help more people get the food they need and also give it the capability to grow the food all year around.
“We’re going into our second summer at the farmers market and we do take snap at that farmers market,” said Carolyn Friday, head administrator.
“So people can take their EBT benefits and use it to purchase more fresh healthy vegetables and fruit”
Garden leaders say the thing they’re most worried about is the lack of volunteers.
They hope with the new expansion more people will grab a shovel and help.
You can catch Little Bud Thorbs at the Grifton Farmers Market on Saturday’s.