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COOL SEASON VEGETABLES READY FOR HARVEST, AVAILABLE TO LOCAL PARTNER AGENCIES

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 17, 2013)– America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc. (ASHBB) announced today that fresh vegetables will be harvested from Lott’s Community Garden at 39 Lott’s Rd., in Monticello, FL between the hours of 8AM and 12PM. Agencies can begin picking up the harvest at 9:30 AM by appointment.

Dozens of volunteers are scheduled to help harvest fresh broccoli, turnips, cabbage, collards and kale directly from Lott’s Community Garden from which 13,000 lbs of produce was harvested in 2013—the equivalent of almost 22,000 meals.

“Our goal is to harvest 50,000 pounds of produce in a year,” said Dave Cox, food sourcing and transportation manager at the food bank. “This can be accomplished with the great amounts of community support we continue to receive.”   The program makes produce available to all 11 counties in the Big Bend and with 2.5 acres planted, currently has its biggest crop ever in production.

 

The Lott’s Community Garden program began in January 2012 when local businessman Edwin Lott, a gardening enthusiast produced more greens than his family and friends could consume. Lott connected with Cox at ASHBB, who suggested working with the food bank’s volunteer program to harvest over 2,600 lbs. of produce grown on the family property.

The success of the venture prompted Lott and ASHBB to develop a program which now provides food, agricultural education and a substantial source of nutrition throughout the Big Bend.

The program typically makes nutritious vegetables available to ASHBB. The food is then distributed through partner agencies. On Sat., Jan. 25th agencies currently certified as partners with ASHBB will be able to pick up this produce directly from the garden.

Partner Agencies wishing to participate should contact Dave Cox at (850) 562-3033 ext. 214 to schedule a time to arrive at Saturday’s event.  Timeslots for pickup are between 9:30 AM and 12 PM. To find out how you can contribute to the success of this program, how to volunteer, or how to become a partner agency, visit www.fightinghunger.org .

 

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