New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — An organization that helps homeless families has won city approvals for an ambitious community garden in the Hollows neighborhood, a garden that will include everything from fruit trees to a learning center that teaches about food and cooking skills.

Last week, the Manchester Planning Board issued approvals to Families in Transition, which plans to build the garden and learning center on a half-acre of land that runs between Spruce and Cedar street.

Families in Transition hopes to use food grown in the garden to supplement the 25,000 meals that it serves at its Family Place Resource Center and Shelter downtown.

The learning center will teach people where food comes from, said Michele Talwani, vice president of marketing and economic development for the organization.

“It’s going to have a true community feel,” Talwani said. Neighbors will have access to the…