Over the summer, Growing Community has been living up to its name in more ways than one. With the donation of some land from the Iverson family, members built a food pantry garden on Beaver Meadow Road.
“There were probably 20 people (volunteering) and in three hours we built the garden,” Griger said. “The amazing thing is that we started it in August, and they are now harvesting from it.”
The group also sold Harvest Boxes that people filled with excess food so they could share their homegrown vegetables with their neighbors free of charge.
“It was pretty rewarding to drive around the neighborhoods and see them out on lawns,” Griger said with a smile. “There was one that was even set up in the farmers’ market for people to purchase something extra and stick in that box. The items in that box went to the food pantry.”
Soon village residents will see one of Growing Community’s Harvest Boxes on the steps of the library.
“So if I live out of town, which I do, I can come in and drop off my extra tomatoes or cucumbers there, too,” Weil said.
Growing Community is also going to make it easy to search for your agriculture needs from the comfort of your home. The group is in the process of building a website that it intends to be a resource sharing site.
“There are so many groups around here doing great things,” Weil stated. “What we want to do is have a place where someone can go and have one stop links to all of them, so they can see who has the honey making workshop at the Farmers Museum or who has the seed saving workshop at Cornell Cooperative or who has chicken eggs to share.”
Over the summer Growing Community had monthly meetings that people who wanted to learn more about agriculture attended.