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April 19: Hood-FMH resource garden to break ground

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College and Frederick Memorial Hospital are partnering on a resource garden to grow produce for local Frederick families, veterans and senior citizens in need.

The groundbreaking for the garden will be April 19 at 2 p.m. at the corner of Park Avenue and Hood Alley. There will be 14 small sub-plots in the garden, equally split between Hood and FMH, and there will be a pollinator strip of native flowers.

Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine and FMH Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Verbus will attend the ceremony. Several Frederick nonprofits will have representatives there, including Frederick Master Gardeners, Frederick Beekeepers Association, BeeConnection, Key City Compost, Seed of Life and Ernst Seed Co. Seeds and gardening supplies have been donated by Brightview and Ernst Seed Co. There will be approximately 60 volunteers in all.

Frederick Memorial Hospital has 233 licensed beds and is the sole hospital in the region, serving all of Frederick City and Frederick County.

Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering 33 bachelor’s degrees, four pre-professional programs, 20 master’s degrees, two doctorates and 11 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.