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Published: 6/18/2014


Growing 2 Give in Perrysburg Twp.

Areka Foster, professional clinical counselor and art therapist, of Rossford, and Maria Viles, independent meeting planner, of Perrysburg, are the founders of Growing 2 Give, at 29340 Bates Road, Perrysburg Township. They are sharing a simple vision: providing nutritious food grown in a 100-by-100-foot square to provide fresh food to local food banks and soup kitchens. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW

Areka Foster weeding one of the beds.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo Areka Foster weeding one of the beds.
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A raised bed of pumpkins outside of the garden proper. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A raised bed of pumpkins outside of the garden proper.
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Tyler Foster, 8, left, and his mom, garden co-founder Areka Foster, of Rossford, weeding one of the raised beds before planting it. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Tyler Foster, 8, left, and his mom, garden co-founder Areka Foster, of Rossford, weeding one of the raised beds ...
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Garden founders, Areka Foster, of Rossford, left, and Maria Viles, of Perrysburg, and a bed of pepper plants.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo Garden founders, Areka Foster, of Rossford, left, and Maria Viles, of Perrysburg, and a bed of pepper plants.
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A family member made the sign for the garden that sits along Bates Road.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo A family member made the sign for the garden that sits along Bates Road.
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A melon plant. Fresh fruit was one of the responses to the co-founders when they asked the Cherry Street Mission what produce they would like.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo A melon plant. Fresh fruit was one of the responses to the co-founders when they asked the Cherry Street ...
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Snow peas are ready for harvest.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo Snow peas are ready for harvest.
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A Roma-type tomato. Some of the tomato plants were given to them by Toledo GROWS. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A Roma-type tomato. Some of the tomato plants were given to them by Toledo GROWS.
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Areka Foster planting sweet peppers.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo Areka Foster planting sweet peppers.
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The garden uses both hills, rear, and raised beds for planting.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo The garden uses both hills, rear, and raised beds for planting.
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One of scores of tomato plants, some of which were given to them by Toledo GROWS.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo One of scores of tomato plants, some of which were given to them by Toledo GROWS.
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Tyler Foster, 8, left, and his mom, garden co-founder Areka Foster, of Rossford, weeding one of the raised beds before planting it.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo Tyler Foster, 8, left, and his mom, garden co-founder Areka Foster, of Rossford, weeding one of the raised beds ...
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A floating row cover keeps the bugs, bunnies and squirrels from the Swiss chard and eggplant growing in the raised bed.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo A floating row cover keeps the bugs, bunnies and squirrels from the Swiss chard and eggplant growing in the raised bed.
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Compost bins at the garden.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo Compost bins at the garden.
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Maria Viles weeds one of the beds.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo Maria Viles weeds one of the beds.
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Garden founders, Areka Foster, of Rossford, left, and Maria Viles, of Perrysburg, and a bed of pepper plants.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo Garden founders, Areka Foster, of Rossford, left, and Maria Viles, of Perrysburg, and a bed of pepper plants.
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Garden tools.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo Garden tools.
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Garden co-founder Maria Viles, of Perrysburg, weeding one of the raised beds before planting more yellow squash.     Enlarge | Buy This Photo Garden co-founder Maria Viles, of Perrysburg, weeding one of the raised beds before planting more yellow squash.
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Yellow squash growing in a raised bed at the garden, center. Varieties of winter squash are in the bed at left; at right, a bed in the process of being weeded. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Yellow squash growing in a raised bed at the garden, center. Varieties of winter squash are in the bed at ...
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Garden co-founder Maria Viles , of Perrysburg, weeding one of the raised beds.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo Garden co-founder Maria Viles , of Perrysburg, weeding one of the raised beds.
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A raised bed of pumpkins outside of the garden proper.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo A raised bed of pumpkins outside of the garden proper.
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A squash blossom.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo A squash blossom.
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Cucumbers begin the climb up a trellis.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo Cucumbers begin the climb up a trellis.
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A small tomato plant.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo A small tomato plant.
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Dennis Szilak, of Perrysburg, planting a flat of tomato plants in the garden.   Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dennis Szilak, of Perrysburg, planting a flat of tomato plants in the garden.
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A variety of tomato plants in hills, or mounds, in the garden.    Enlarge | Buy This Photo A variety of tomato plants in hills, or mounds, in the garden.
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Maria Viles, is excited to see the growth of the eggplant under the floating row cover.  Enlarge | Buy This Photo Maria Viles, is excited to see the growth of the eggplant under the floating row cover.
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