With three shopping carts full of tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers, a community garden tended by Dover High students and teachers and Rep. Darryl M. Scott topped the 1,000-pound mark last week in Food Bank of Delaware donations.
The second-year garden has yielded 1,162 pounds of produce to date, already eclipsing last year’s mark of 930 pounds – and there is still at least another month left in the growing season. Rep. Scott, who came up with the concept of a community garden after a Food Bank event in 2009, said that the project would not be possible without the help of Dover high students, who planted and tend the 1/4-acre plot on Forrest Avenue, and partners such as the City of Dover, local businesses and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
“We began the season with a goal of donating 1,000 pounds. There is no magic to the number, it just sounded better than 930 and got us into the four-figure category,” said Rep. Scott, D-Dover. “The gardeners out there can appreciate how many tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplants it takes to make up 1,162 pounds – for the non-gardeners among us, let me just say it is a lot of veggies.
“Where we end up is still to be determined and really secondary to the goal of our garden – providing fresh vegetables to our neighbors in need. This project has been extremely rewarding, and I hope our efforts have helped the Food Bank meet their need of feeding people.”
“We are so appreciative of the fresh produce received on an ongoing basis from Representative Scott and the students at Dover High School,” said our Milford Branch Manager Crystal Timmons. “Our hunger-relief partners are thrilled to have an abundance of fresh produce to get into the hands of those who need it most. At the Food Bank of Delaware we emphasis the importance of fresh, locally-grown produce.”
Thank you to everyone participating in the community garden! We are so thankful for your efforts!
For more information about donating fresh produce to the Food Bank, visit http://www.fbd.org/plant-a-row-for-the-hungry/