The City of Hope has received an AEP Foundation grant of $35,000 for a Farmer’s Market Pavilion and Community Garden.
“The AEP Foundation made it possible to set aside property with other community partners for this project to focus on education, the environment and cultural opportunities with hunger and housing,” said Jennifer Harland, SWEPCO external affairs manager in Texarkana. “We have received lots of support from the community and thankful to work with the City of Hope and Hempstead County.”
Funds will be used to construct a 7,500-square-foot pavilion for the Farmer’s Market to sell local produce, baked goods and plants. Adjacent to the pavilion will be an urban community garden consisting of handicapped-accessible raised beds that will be used to demonstrate how fruits and vegetables can be grown in urban areas. Established in 2013, the Farmer’s Market attracts some 800 residents locally, and reaches more than 27,000 people on its Facebook page.
“We value our partnership with the Hope community and thank you for serving the local citizens with this garden on behalf of the AEP Foundation,” added Brian Bond, VP External Affairs, SWEPCO, Shreveport.
“AEP has made a great community project come true,” said Hope Mayor Steve Montgomery.