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Seeds of change sown by juveniles and judge in this community garden in Bay St. Louis

“It gives these kids an ability to see that even where they are in life, they can still help other people,” said Hancock County Youth Court Judge Elise Deano. “I think that’s very, very important for us and for them.”

By Patrick Ochs
Sun Herald
November 18, 2017


ince its debut in fall 2016, Ruth’s Roots has been doing its namesake proud.

Thanks in part to the Mississippi State Extension Service, Ruth’s Roots houses rows of salad tables, long garden boxes that will eventually be turned into “Mississippi” gardens with the state’s cash crops.

A chicken coop, rabbits, bee hive, worm farms, butterfly garden, community library and iron statues are all contained within the colorful walls of Ruth’s Roots. A vertical garden and greenhouse are on Deano’s to-do list.

“It just keeps growing and growing,” Deano said, standing on a “yellow brick road” that some of the teens painted to welcome the community into the garden.

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