Sun also helps irrigate Muncie 'Mission Garden'

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — For this garden, the sun is twice and nice.

A "Mission Garden" near Ball State University is irrigated with solar power.

The (Muncie) Star Press reports that College Avenue United Methodist Church expects that the garden in its second year will produce 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) of vegetables.

Produce is donated to the Soup Kitchen of Muncie and Covenant Partners.

A solar-powered battery controls a pump connected to rain-water barrels.

The pump allows manual watering with a garden hose.

Church volunteer Jim Kouns says the process has saved considerable time over the garden's inaugural year when watering could only be done by buckets and watering cans. The garden is not near a water supply.

A $2,000 grant from the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana helped fund the solar system.

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