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Cooperative Extension Charitable Garden Program Doubled 2010 Harvest

SOUTH PARIS - The numbers are in and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Maine Harvest for Hunger Program this year surpassed by more than 56.3 tons -- or 112,687 pounds -- the 87,319 pounds of fresh garden produce donated to charity last year by volunteer gardeners around the state.

Volunteer gardeners in 13 counties this year donated 200,006 pounds, or 100 tons, of vegetables and fruit, which included nearly 9 tons of potatoes, to food pantries, shelters and charitable organizations around the state, according to a jubilant Extension educator Barbara Murphy in the South Paris Oxford County office.