Is there anything better than fresh, organic, home-grown, local produce? Okay, maybe chocolate! There is just something amazing though about the flavor and satisfaction of growing and harvesting delicious, fresh food. Now imagine, how much more meaningful and rewarding that feeling would be if you were growing it to feed the 1 in 4 children in our community that is food insecure. That is the driving force behind the gardeners at the Veggie Village, where gardeners agree to donate a minimum of 75% of the crops grown back to the Interfaith Food Pantry. In actuality, about 90% of the food harvested is donated each year, which translates to nearly 4000 lbs. of fresh, organic produce for the Interfaith Food Pantry and the local senior living complexes.
The planning for the original Veggie Village community donation garden began nearly ten years ago. Sylvia Campbell, Becky Carlson, Nancy Hathaway, Peggy Hendricks, Linda Evens, andBob Dailey secured funding from grants, altruistic citizens and local civic organizations and went to the township with the concept. The township agreed, and after countless volunteer hours of planning and design, Veggie Village emerged. The goal was to not only provide organic, fresh produce using sustainable gardening practices, but to do so in a garden that would bring together young and old, able-bodied and physically challenged, and introduce a whole new generation to the joys of gardening.