Plainville Food Pantry plants new Community Garden

Published on Friday, 27 May 2022 11:42
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Food Pantry has planted a new Community Garden, which they will use to provide local families with fresh produce.

The food pantry at 54 S. Canal St. will make the produce grown in the garden available to anyone enrolled in their program. The project has been in the works for months and seeds were planted this Thursday.

The project was spearheaded by Todd Bradley, who was assisted by Justin Woerz, son of the Plainville Food Pantry’s executive director, Susie Woerz.

“I have had a garden for 40 years, I love it and I find it very therapeutic,” said Bradley. “It occurred to me that a community garden would be a great way to help out the food pantry. I started talking to Justin about it and we decided to go ahead with it.”

Justin Woerz said that the Community Garden will provide clients with food that the pantry wouldn’t normally have access to. Previously, only canned vegetables were available.

“This will give them access to healthier food that isn’t loaded with preservatives,” he said.

Bradley said that 62 kinds of vegetable seeds were planted in the 1,000 square foot garden. They include many different kinds of tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, including spicy ghost peppers, and cucumbers.

“Most should be ready to harvest by mid to late August,” said Bradley. “The cucumbers will be grown soon though.”

Susie Woerz thanked Bradley and her son for their efforts volunteering in the garden.

“This is going to be a really special project that will help to feed many people,” she said.

Woerz said that the Plainville Community Food Pantry has continued to receive strong support from the community. But, the need remains high.

“But with the high gas prices, we’re seeing a lot more people coming to us for food,” she said.

The Plainville Community Food Pantry is no longer accepting donations of clothing, since they have been given a lot during the pandemic. However, those who wish to donate items to support them can bring paper products, such as paper towels.

For more information on the Plainville Community Food Pantry, call 860-747-1919 or visit plainvillefoodpantry.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Friday, 27 May 2022 11:42. Updated: Friday, 27 May 2022 11:45.