September 14, 2010

Somerset, KY – TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) is seeking participants for a potential project called the “Peoples Garden Pilot Program.” The project will create a garden that will supply food to two schools in each county. TOUR SEKY is looking for 12 schools in southern and eastern Kentucky that would like to participate in this program. TOUR SEKY is also looking for at least two (2) schools in West Virginia that would like to participate. Eligible counties include: Lincoln, Mingo, Wyoming and McDowell.

In order for a school to be eligible, 50 % of the student population must receive free or reduced priced lunch and each garden must supply two (2) schools in the county. It must be a new garden; existing gardens will not be eligible for funding under the project guidelines.

“Agriculture plays a huge role in the culture of our region,” said Jeff Crowe, TOUR President/CEO. “Many of the traditional ways of growing gardens are becoming non-existent. This program will allow our young people to have the hands on experience they have been missing.”

If your school district is interested in participating, please contact Sandy Roseberry at 606-677-6099 or before September 21, 2010.

TOUR SEKY is an award winning initiative of Congressman Hal Rogers. The organization’s mission is to educate, expand, develop and market the existing and potential tourism industry throughout southern and eastern Kentucky, while contributing to the economic, cultural growth, health and awareness, and overall quality of life of the region. For additional information about TOUR SEKY visit, or call 606-677-6093.