Community Garden Grows Food for Food Pantries

Coastal Harvesters Inc. (CHI) and Dare County Master Gardeners grew an abundance of fresh produce for Hatteras Island food pantries this season. Approximately 370 pounds of locally grown vegetables were donated to the Salvo and Buxton pantries between November and March. The harvest included lettuce, collards, cabbage, broccoli, mustard greens, kale, radishes and various herbs. The food was grown at CHI’s Hatteras Island Community Garden located in Buxton as well as Oscar Gray’s garden in Avon. Home Depot of Kitty Hawk donated the bulk of the bedding plants for the two sites this past fall. The resulting crop was grown to benefit Hatteras Island communities impacted by Hurricane Irene.

“Everyone appreciates it. It is a real blessing to get the freshest possible vegetables ever and you can’t get fresher than this. The quality is amazing”, stated Melinda Baker, whose family operates the Salvo Food Pantry. Volunteers for CHI and the Master Gardener program tended the gardens and delivered the vegetables to the food pantries. The local Girl Scout troop also contributed to the effort by planting vegetable seeds at the Buxton site.

In preparation for the warmer season, volunteers are now preparing soils and sowing a new crop of seeds at the Hatteras Island Community Garden. Anyone interested in volunteering with the project can contact Carol Bauer at 252-489-8980.

Harvesting cabbage for Hatteras Island food pantries

Rick Kinnaird (Avon) and Dhanyo Merillat-Bowers (Buxton) harvesting cabbage for local food pantries

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