REED CITY – Together We Can health initiative group will distribute 150 free vegetable plants to community members from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 2 near the Pompeii’s parking lot in Reed City.

Tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, peas, two large trays of spinach and mixed greens and several trays of romaine lettuce will be available.

TWC members will be on hand to distribute the plants and provide some gardening education.

The group’s goal is to teach residents of Osceola County to plant and grow a small garden at home. Pamphlets with information on vegetable food preparation, storage, and quick use recipes will be available as well as pamphlets with gardening information such as building raised beds and how to choose the soils and products for a garden and how to care for a garden.

The group hopes its efforts will encourage healthy eating, use of organic materials, and even some community members being able to not only grow their own vegetables to feed their families but enough to begin sprouting up small farmers markets in the area for easier access to healthy foods and to generate some income, said group leader Lisa Pope.

Compost, seeds and the usage of raised beds were donated by Morgan Composting in Evart, where the seeds were planted May 21.

Next year, in partnership with Morgan Composting, TWC hopes to bring education to the community, assist with raised bed building and provide a community garden in Reed City.