Montgomery Parks community gardeners kicked off the spring collections with huge donations of leafy greens. Bradley Park, a new HarvestShare participant in Bethesda, harvested 18 pounds of kale, lettuce, chard and an assortment of root vegetables. With only four gardeners participating, this is a huge accomplishment! The fresh produce went to Here2Help, an all-volunteer organization in Bethesda that collects donations and delivers free groceries to those in need, no questions asked. Started by a high school student last spring in response to the increased need for food because of the pandemic, it is another great example of people coming together to support their communities.
Briggs-Chaney Community Garden in Silver Spring, with over 115 plots, held their first community harvest of the season last weekend, collecting 50 pounds of nutrient-dense leafy greens as well as broccoli, cauliflower, and herbs. The produce was appreciatively received by Rainbow Community Development Center, a local food and resource provider to distribute to those experiencing food insecurity. Both Briggs-Chaney and Rocking Horse Center, another Montgomery Parks garden, have “adopted” unused plots to use as grow-to-donate gardens. HarvestShare has supplied them with extra planting material but the gardeners will take responsibility for weeding, watering, and harvesting. Thanks to all for growing to support community.