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I'm totally DUG-ing this idea

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Denver Urban Gardens is a nonprofit that helps create urban gardens around Denver. To date, DUG has supported more than eighty community gardens and open-space parks throughout the metro area. Now, with a $70,000 grant from Denver's Housing and Neighborhood Development Services department, it's helping a free seed and transplant program take root. 

With this new funding, DUG will dole out seeds and transplants to applicants who qualify under low- to moderate-income restrictions. "Last year we had around 1,700 DUG program applicants," says coordinator Laura Lavid. "With their families, we estimate that the program fed around 4,000 to 5,000 people."  

Applicants this year can choose from fourteen seed packets, with a limit of two packets per category -- everything from tomato to pepper, onion, broccoli, squash, lettuce, corn, carrots, herbs and more. 

Applications are due February 2, and must be filled out at one of the 35 distribution centers around Denver. 

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