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Last summer, we told you about the Planted Houston campaign that's raising funds to create a network of urban farms in some of Houston's poorest neighborhoods—areas like Houston Gardens that, ironically, lack access to fresh food whether from grocery stores or gardens themselves. Since that time, Planted Houston has raised $22,000 towards its goal of $35,000 and is celebrating with a fundraising dinner next Friday, March 20, at Buchanan's Native Plants in the Heights.

Gardeners' Night Out
March 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
$75
Buchanan's Native Plants
611 E. 11th St. 

At the dinner, you'll be able to catch up with the folks from Planted Houston and the brains behind the project, Edible Earth Resources, as well as their partner program: Can Do Houston, whose director, Jasmine Opusunju, will be on hand to discuss the progress they've made getting local corner stores in neighborhoods such as the Fifth Ward and Northside to stock fresh, healthy produce.

Tickets for the dinner are $75, with the proceeds going to benefit Planted Houston, and include food from Ripe Food Truck and Tila's Taco Truck as well as beer from Premium Draught. You'll also get a goodie bag as well as a chance to win gardening-related gifts such as professional fruit tree installation so you can start an orchard of your own. After all, that's the idea behind Planted Houston: encouraging more city-dwellers to cultivate their own fresh food where possible, and helping others have more access to healthy fruits and vegetables grown right in our own backyard.

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