About 13% of Western Mass. residents are food insecure, a rate higher than any other food bank service area in the state.
Check out these photos taken by Caroline Barba, a Network Capacity Coordinator for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
The Giving Garden at the Church of Christ grows produce for the food pantries and meal sites in Pittsfield. Each week, the program generates, on average, a quarter ton of fresh vegetables to help feed those in need.
The project transformed the grassy front lawn of the church into a substantial food growing operation. Volunteers from the congregation are active in harvesting and keeping the garden green.
The plants are supported by a drip irrigation system made partially of recycled industrial materials. This resource was a generous donation to the church that they continue to use in future years of the project.
In addition to fresh tomatoes, the garden is also growing squash, corn, leafy greens and peppers. All the plant starts were donated by the community, giving them a great beginning in the first year of this endeavor.
After hearing from emergency food programs that getting protein was an ongoing struggle for them, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield decided to tackle the issue head on. By converting an old trailer into a mobile hen-house, the church created a source of fresh, local eggs.Comments Off
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