Sanger Independent School District has started a community garden project that will benefit students in need, thanks to a pair of grants from Texas Health Resources.

Community Strong Farms, the new garden, will produce fresh fruit and vegetables for a grocery store at Linda Tutt High School. The garden will also benefit those in need in Denton County.

Texas Health Resources gave the district two grants totaling more than $590,000. The grants will help the school and its local partners address food insecurity and teach resiliency skills aimed at helping students overcome childhood trauma. 

The first grant was awarded in 2019, and supported the founding of a grocery store in the high school and the formation of a program to provide counseling and low-cost and free medical care. 

The garden helps students support their families as they learn agricultural practices. The store accepts points, not money. Students earn points through good deeds and demonstrating resilience.

The store provided 12,600 pounds of food to 280 families. The garden is expected to create more food. 

New Life Church donated 14 acres for the community garden, located near East Milam Road and Tilley Lane.

 

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