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Grow This: WV Garden Challenge sees immense growth through COVID-19


MORGANTOWN—As the Grow This: West Virginia Garden Challenge continues to help West Virginians grow crops, the program likewise continues to grow in popularity.

“In 2020, right around the time of the pandemic, we launched the campaign thinking, well, this gives us something we can do virtually,” said Kristin McCartney, WVU Extension Office public health specialist. 

The program began in 2018 as a way to support low-income residents and encourage healthy eating by providing seeds and gardening instructions in the mail. What McCartney said the program did not expect was an explosion in popularity, which went from having about 300 participants in 2018 and again in 2019 to nearly 26,000 in 2020.

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