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Greens ‘R Great providing fresh produce for food bank

Staff ~ 4/1/2015

CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center has created a new program to provide fresh produce and seedling starter pots for the more than 2,500 families, seniors, and individuals it serves throughout the northern desert foothills communities. The raised bed gardens not only will provide foodstuff for families, but also will provide potted plants so the food bank’s customers can learn how to grow fresh produce on their own. The raised, enclosed gardens are 15 feet x 30 feet and 15 feet x 40 feet each.

“Our volunteers built a beautiful garden behind the food bank so we can grow fresh strawberries, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and more for the families we serve,” said Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank. “We are excited to offer this new food resource to those in need and to show clients how to cultivate their own food for meals.”

The ‘Garden in a Pot’ program component shows clients to grow their own vegetables including tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs in a pot provided by the food bank.

“This fresh produce program gives our clients the opportunity to actively participate in their own nutritional sources,” says DiPietro. “In addition, they grow their own healthy, fresh produce and receive nutritional guidance. Plants in a pot also will stimulate those who are able to volunteer and participate in the gardens at the food bank.”

Multiple organizations have helped the Greens ‘R Great program flourish, including Boulder Creek Pools and Spas, McKenzie Brothers of Cave Creek, Elrod Fence, Desert Foothills Landscape, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Cave Creek Building Supply, Walmart Cave Creek, and Terroir Seeds.

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center has initiated a fund-raising effort to support the costs associated with the start-up and ongoing maintenance of the garden program. On April 22, 5-7 p.m., the food bank will host a Garden Party – a recognition event to thank contributors and volunteers for their work in bringing the program to life. The public is welcome to attend.

For more details, visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com or send an email to foothillsfoodbank@gmail.com.