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Temple nonprofit needs community's help developing newly acquired land

Posted at 6:44 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 19:44:11-05

TEMPLE, TX — A Temple nonprofit is asking the community for help in developing seven acres of land they just purchased in east Temple.

At the Un-Included Club's new location will allow their small, growing projects like microgreens the opportunity to grow beyond the walls they are confined to now.

The nonprofit spends their time combating the un-wellness in the community by being un-included.

”Un-included from illiteracy, childhood obesity and giving up. We have just updated our mission to be un-included from anything, any lifestyle that is unwell for ourselves, our family and our communities," said Doree Collins, executive director of the Un-Included Club.

The organization says making healthy choices like growing your own vegetables is a great place to start.

”We grow healthy foods, whole foods, chemical free. Not only do we grow the food, we teach and learn how to cook with the food," explained Collins.

The urban garden is just one of several wellness programs, like literacy and education courses, the club offers. The group says their newly acquired seven acres of land will play a huge role in those programs.

”The vision is there, but we have a big plot of land that is just waiting for our community to come together and make it happen for our community," said Terris Goodwin, director of programs.

The club says the land will go a long way to helping people like 16-year-old Esohe Agbongha.

“I’m really passionate about serving the community, so as soon as I heard about Un-Included, I was hoping to get a leadership opportunity here, and I'm just glad I did," said the club member.

”Just imagine how great we would all be if we got that. So hearing that from those girls, it’s just amazing hearing what they’re getting," said Goodwin.

The Un-Included Club is hoping to have the land developed by the spring of 2022.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to the project, click here.