The Salvation Army is hosting a fish fry to benefit the Brownwood Area Community Garden on Friday, April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at its Brownwood location.   

Tickets to the fish fry are $10 apiece and available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce or at the door. The meals, which include fried fish, cole slaw, beans, hush puppies, tea and dessert, will be available for dine in or to go.   

Proceeds will help the Garden with its staffing, insurance and seasonal costs as spring gets underway.   

Daniel Graham is the coordinator of the Brownwood Area Community Garden. Graham said spring is a busy time of year for the Garden. “We still have raised beds available for lease,” Graham said. “The lease fees are $50 a year, and residents of the Brownwood Housing Authority pay half that.”   

Residents who lease garden beds can use them to plant and care for almost anything they like. “They’re pretty big,” Graham said. “They’ve got drip irrigation already installed. We make our own composts at the garden. We provide the mulch. So the only thing the gardeners really need to provide, or think about, is what they want to plant.”   

Graham said there is also a vacation garden school coming up this June at the Garden. He said the school has proven to be a popular event in past years.   

For more information on garden school or leasing garden beds, Graham can be reached at 325-641-9092. The Brownwood Area Community Garden is located at 1514 Dublin St., and the Salvation Army is located nearby at 403 Lakeway Dr.