Local gardener in Grand Junction shares his passion with the community

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Homegrown vegetables, a way to enjoy the outdoors in your own backyard.

This past year has been difficult for everyone because of the pandemic, but one local gardener found a way to get through the tough times.

Mark Bautch, an organic gardener in Grand Junction says, “it gets people outdoors. You know for the past year, people have been couped up, you know, you gotta wear a mask and you gotta do this and you gotta do that, well when I’m out in my garden, it’s just fun, I enjoy it. I would like to pass that along to other people.”

Bautch has been growing vegetables at home for five years and enjoys showcasing his hoop farm to the community.

He grows an assortment of vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, and okra, just to name a few.

Bautch also says, “growing your own vegetables to me is a sense of pride. You plant it, you groom it, I talk to my vegetables, as they ripen, you get this thrill of success. To me, it’s a pride factor.”

His goal is to help others interested in gardening and to encourage people to share his passion.

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