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Finding solace through gardening in Warren

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We all know how much the sight of a simple flower can instantly put us in a positive mood. Frerichs Farm, located on the scenic Kickemuit River in Warren, hopes to do just that. Frerichs has teamed up with Hope is Growing, based in Ohio, to help build “survivor gardens” for cancer patients in the area who are currently going through treatment. In working together, the farm and company hope to provide a peaceful and tranquil place for patients to escape the everyday trials of dealing with cancer. Stacy Pandy, the founder of Hope is Growing, says that they provide materials to plant a flower or vegetable garden at the home of cancer patients. She also adds, “It doesn’t matter what type of cancer you or your loved one has been diagnosed with – it could be prostate, breast, leukemia – if you are in an ugly battle, we want to provide something beautiful.” Frerichs Farm, a family-owned and operated retail nursery and farm, is equally excited to participate in the project. They have donated soil, flowers, fertilizer and (most importantly) the hard work that goes into every one of these gardens.