By Rachel Shirey
McDONOUGH —Growing spinach is as easy as watching TV.
Henry TV14 sprouted a new program to share gardening and nutrition tips and cook up healthy recipes, all in an effort to enhance the quality of life for Henry County residents.
“We are excited to be reaching a new audience with this program, and we hope to entice people to not only eat healthier and try new recipes, but to think about growing a garden of their own in the future,” said Family and Consumer Science host Susan Howington
Garden Delights, created in partnership with the Henry County Cooperative Extension Office, aired for the first time last night on Charter Cable channel 14 and featured winter garden preparations and spinach.
But don’t worry, you can still catch it On Demand or wait until next month’s new episode.
“It’s terrific information for those who might be interested in eating more healthy foods, making healthier choices as far as your diet goes, but then how to grow those foods at home so it can save you some money as well,” said County Communications Director Julie Hoover-Ernst.
The show is hosted by Howington and Frank Hancock, Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent with the Henry County Cooperative Extension, and each program features a different fruit or vegetable.
“One agent shares nutrition information and fun facts and recipes about different ingredients that you can grow in your garden each month,” Hoover-Ernst said. “And then the other agent, Frank Hancock, actually shows you tips as far as how to grow that item in your garden.”
Hoover-Ernst said Charter requires the station to air original content, and they are dedicated to finding cost-efficient and entertaining ideas.
“We were able to partner with the Henry County Extension service for them to host, and they go out and purchase the groceries to prepare the food and put all the time that’s involved into researching and preparing for the show.” Hoover-Ernst said. “Our editors simply go out there and shoot and come back and edit. So it’s a minimal investment for Henry County.”
Other programs in the Henry TV14 lineup include the Henry County Commission meetings, Zoning Advisory Board meetings, a monthly talk show featuring Henry County Commissioners and showcasing projects happening throughout the County, Henry County Update and an exercise program for homebound seniors.