Springfield Garden Club backs program to develop vegetables and fruit on vacant tons

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SPRINGFIELD– The Springfield Garden Club helps enhance meals fairness in metropolis neighborhoods whereas selling its mission.

“The mission statement of the SGC includes, ‘…works to create interest in the art of gardening, stimulate the promotion of civic beauty through horticulture and conservation…,’ and we feel Gardening the Community achieves this,” stated Mary E. Bandouveres, publicity chairman.

That’s why the membership just lately donated $1,078 to Gardening the Community, which operates a coaching program created for youth from the Mason Square neighborhood and past to develop vegetables and fruit on vacant and deserted tons.

“Despite the pandemic, the SGC has been able to remain active and productive. We wanted to share our wealth with an area organization that exemplifies our values,” Bandouveres stated.

The donation was introduced by backyard membership president Vana Nespor to Ramon Elliston, Gardening the Community farm retailer supervisor; Toussaint Paskins, Gardening the Community’s assistant director of youth management and agriculture; and his son Jaiden Jimenez.

“The donation is critical,” stated Toussaint, who took Nespor on a tour of the brand new experimental winter composting unit and confirmed her the totally different styles of kale that have been nonetheless rising vigorously within the gardens.

Produce is bought at Gardening the Community’s Farm Store at 200 Walnut St., the Mason Square Farmers Market, native eating places and bodegas. Youth additionally deliver meals dwelling to their households.

The backyard membership beforehand gave $543 to Gardening the Community final January.

“SGC has always promoted all types of gardening, including food gardens. We have had many programs that apply to food gardening including such topics as mulching, how to help our threatened pollinators and our Feb. 18 monthly program will be on growing and using herbs,” Bandouveres stated.

The backyard membership has a Horticulture Study Group that meets through the 12 months that delves extra deeply into a lot of these matters.

“Everyone should be mindful of those who are food insecure but especially gardeners as they have the knowledge and skills to actively help,” Bandouveres stated. “We can share our knowledge and skills with others to help them learn how to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for themselves. We can plant a little extra in our gardens and plan to share the bounty with food pantries and soup kitchens. And if someone doesn’t have a garden, they can shop at the GTC food stand or go to gardeningthecommunity.org and donate something on their wish list.”

For extra info on the backyard membership, go to gcfm.org/springfieldgardenclub.

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