Roll up your sleeves and garden for neighbors in need

Volunteers needed to provide fresh vegetables

The North Kent Community Services received over 3,570 pounds of fresh vegetables last year to distribute to families in need. That huge amount of food was planted and harvested by a handful of volunteers who worked an acre of land to create a Community Garden. The NKCS is the largest food pantry in Kent County and services over 12,000 families. The fresh vegetables were a welcome sight for families who normally received canned or frozen when they pick up groceries.

The land that the volunteers plant and harvest is donated by Merrill Post of Post Berry Farms on Myers Lake Avenue and 12 Mile Road. For the third year in a row, Mr. Post has set aside an acre of land that he tills, fertilizes, and waters to make sure that the plants will grow. He even allows the group a space in his own private garden, where a high fence keeps the deer away from the tender bean plants. Post also donates to the NKCS corn, pumpkins, berries and other food that the volunteers do not grow in the Community Garden.

All of the seeds needed for planting are donated by The Cedar Mill in Cedar Springs. Also, several of the group members start seeds in peat pots or flats at home.

This year, there are two specific planting dates already set. Many more volunteers are needed because the goal is to harvest 2 tons of food this year. If you would like to help, volunteers may attend on Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Post Farms, 9849 Myers Lake Road, to plant seeds in the greenhouse.

Once the seeds are ready to be transplanted outside, other dates and times will be determined for planting and a schedule will be set for weeding and harvesting. If you love to garden, want to learn more about gardening, need to put in hours for community service at your school, or have a desire to feed people in need, then call Deb McIntyre, volunteer coordinator at the NKCS, at 616-866-3478 ext. 103 Monday through Thursday from 8 am. to 6 p.m.\. No gardening experience is necessary.

 

 

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