KELLER — Produce such as tomatoes, eggplant, onions, peppers, radishes and beets are being planted at several area community gardens for the spring growing season.Upon harvest, the produce will go to senior citizens who otherwise might not be able to buy fresh vegetables, thanks to Sharing the Harvest, a Metroport Meals on Wheels program.Metroport Meals On Wheels Inc. is a grassroots volunteer advocate for the elderly and those in need through home-delivered meals, senior center lunches, activities and support services.Sharing the Harvest, now in its second year, connects local gardeners to share fruits and vegetables of their gardens with Meals on Wheels home-bound participants."Fresh food can go bad, it’s a luxury that many will not spend their money on," said Debbie Morrison, organizer of the program.The program was such a success last year that it has branched out to provide even more fresh produce to meal participants this year.Program organizer Debbie Morrison said last year’s goal was 1,000 pounds."We actually delivered more than 1,500," Morrison said. "Our goal this year is 3,800 pounds."Morrison plans to reach that goal with the help of several area community gardens and from produce donated from area residents.April 11, kindergarteners from Primrose School at Heritage planted tomatoes, squash and radishes to start their growing season.Morrison gave gardening tips to the students as they planted seeds and starter plants."We’re enhancing our curriculum while being a part of the community," said Jessica Fielder, owner of the school. "We’ve also been able to get parents to donate their overflow to the program."Fielder said having Morrison there to teach gardening skills has been a huge help."She will look at the gardens and tell us what they need. Maybe we are watering too much, or not enough," she said. "She helps us maintain the garden."In-between Morrison’s visits to the school, the students water and weed the garden."If we have questions, we just call Debbie," Fielder said.Along with Primrose School at Heritage, nine other community gardens are growing produce including another school that Fielder owns, Primrose School at Eagle Ranch, and an active retirement apartment complex.Management at the Conservatory at Keller Town Center removed landscaping from the interior courtyard area to allow seniors to plant a community garden for the program."We started with a planter box," said Marie Powell, 92, master gardener and resident. "My first idea was to just use the raised beds, then they gave is the land. I couldn’t turn it down."Powell said the project not only benefits seniors in need, but seniors at the Conservatory."It is absolutely wonderful," she said. "The residents need to get out. This is horticultural therapy ... and it’s working."Morrison is looking for more people to participate in the program, either by starting a community garden or just donating produce overflow from their personal garden.Also, people who have fruit trees that need picking and wish to donate can call Morrison and she will set up a team of harvesters to do all of the work."We really need more home gardeners to participate," Morrison said. "And that includes pear and peach trees. We will come out and help harvest."Morrison, who just completed the Tarrant County Master Gardeners program, said she will be "more than happy to help educate and encourage" those willing to help.For more information call 817-491-1141 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.