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Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, says because of the threat of the coronavirus the annual fund-raising Christmas dinner hosted by the organization at 6 p.m., Thursday (Dec. 3) will be a "backward parade." In other words, cars of supporters will pass through the National Guard Armory parking lot on Jack Finney Bouldevard, viewing holiday lights and other holiday attractions, and receive a prime-rib dinner to-go as they leave.  Supporters of Community Seeds should indicate their plans to attend by Wednesday (Dec.

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Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says through the "Farmers to Famlies" program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Go Fresh USA, Community Seeds has given away more than 25,000 boxes of food since April.  Bert says the new incubator kitchen, which will allow entrepreneurs to prepare food products for commercial sale, will open in downtown Lone Oak around November 1.

Community Seeds, Facebook

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, says free food will be distributed to anyone who wishes to have it from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday (June 13) at Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville.  Also, Bert reflects on the death of George Floyd and the events that have ensued since then.  Community Seeds is a faith-based charitable organization.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of the faith-based organizaton Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says they are helping about four times as many people than usual during the coronavirus crisis.  Those in need of help with food, housing or other issues may call (903) 634-5673.  The "incubator kitchen" that Community Seeds has been building for some time to allow people to prepare "homemade" food for sale is complete, but unable to open because of the virus situation.

Community Seeds, Facebook

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization has purchased a 30-acre ranch near Lake Tawakoni where it will operate a rehabilitation program for homeless men modeled after the Denton Freedom House.  Community Seeds hopes to open the facility early in 2020.  The organization holds its annual Christmas fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the National Guard Armory on West Lee Street in Greenville.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization is expanding its transitional housing program and planning a new rehabilitation facility for men.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, director of the faith-based, non-profit group Community Seeds, says the organization's incubator kitchen, which will allow for the preparation of cottage-industry foods, and country store are expected to be complete by the end of the summer.  And he says Community Seeds is planning to add to its transitional housing units, and provide health services for those who live there.

Branded Ranch Rodeo, Facebook

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, previews the annual Branded Ranch Rodeo beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.  It's a major fund raiser for Community Seeds, a faith-based organization that helps people get on their feet.

Community Seeds, Facebook

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds -- the non-profit, faith-based charitable organization in Lone Oak -- says the organization is now able to offer limited cash assistance to those needing helping in making their rent or utility payments, and he says the organization has an abundance of vegetables to give away from its community garden.

Community Seeds, Facebook

The director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, Bert Cooper, says the charitable organization should be ready to open its incubator kitchen and "country store" in downtown Lone Oak by the end of August.  The incubator kitchen will allow individuals to legally prepare food products for sale.  The kitchen and store will be in one of the oldest buildings in East Texas, built in 1849. 

Branded Ranch Rodeo

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says the organization benefits from the Branded Ranch Rodeo Saturday (May 19) at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.  A day full of family-oriented, Western activities begins at 10 a.m.

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Mayor Doug Williams relates the history of Lone Oak, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city.

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Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds, says his organization is developing a community, or incubator, kitchen in Lone Oak, where citizens will learn to cook food for sale to the public, and where the food can be prepared.  Community Seeds is an "outreach organization, providing care for the less fortunate."