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Spreading the produce love

Gardeners, farmers share harvest with low-income residents
Local growers are sharing their bounty with some of the county’s neediest residents. Erin Jolley of Cooking Matters washes freshly picked cucumbers delivered Friday to the La Plata County Fairgrounds from a family garden off of County Road 250.
Volunteers this weekend will gather donated produce, such as freshly picked dill, and distribute it Monday to families in need.
The program’s goal is to give lower-income residents a few simple, versatile ways to use their produce that doesn’t require frying or smothering it with butter.
The Old Fort Lewis campus pitches in

While most of the produce donated to the commodity distribution represents overflow from local farms and gardens, the distribution is the primary destination for food grown at the Old Fort Lewis campus’ commodity garden.

The commodity garden is dedicated almost entirely to supplying both the spring and fall commodity distributions, said Amber Beye, who was a sustainable agriculture associate VISTA volunteer with Southwest Conservation Corps and Fort Lewis College until this summer. Beye teamed with Beth LaShell, the Old Fort coordinator, to create the garden, which produced beets, onions, carrots and potatoes for Monday’s commodities distribution.

Katrina Busick, the VISTA volunteer who took over Beye’s position, and volunteers with FLC’s Environmental Center and Southwest Conservation Corps will harvest and deliver the garden’s bounty today.

If you go

The Colorado State University Extension Office and Cooking Matters will accept produce donations for Project Produce Bounty from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The commodities foods distribution will be held Monday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Doors will be open from noon to 4 p.m. or until all of the food is gone.

The distribution is open to anyone who earns 185 percent or less of the federal poverty level. To receive food, participants must bring identification and, if necessary, another form of documentation to verify that they are a resident of La Plata County. They also must confirm their income is within the guidelines.

Spreading the produce love

Local growers are sharing their bounty with some of the county’s neediest residents. Erin Jolley of Cooking Matters washes freshly picked cucumbers delivered Friday to the La Plata County Fairgrounds from a family garden off of County Road 250.
Volunteers this weekend will gather donated produce, such as freshly picked dill, and distribute it Monday to families in need.
The program’s goal is to give lower-income residents a few simple, versatile ways to use their produce that doesn’t require frying or smothering it with butter.
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