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Earth Day garden work aims to provide fresh produce in Peoria’s food desert

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Some local volunteers did their to make the community a little greener on Earth Day.

Volunteers with the Budded Mattah urban agriculture garden project spent the day on Peoria's south side preparing for the growing season.

They're also trying to provide healthy food for area residents living in the so-called food desert, where it's not easy for people to find fresh produce.

"There isn't a lot of fresh food and produce down here," said Amy Figueroa, who's one of the leaders of the garden project.

"We really want to encourage people to come out and get their own little garden spot so they can plant their own," she said.

There will be more volunteering opportunities in the days ahead, said Figueroa.

A GoFundMe page is also accepting donations. As of late Thursday night, it had raised $1,320.

More information can be found on the Budded Mattah urban agriculture incubator's website.

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