Community Garden Donates Produce to Area Food Pantries

Coastal Harvesters Inc. (CHI) grew 131 pounds of fresh vegetables for Hatteras Island’s food pantries this past season. The Salvo Food Pantry and the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men’s Food Pantry in Buxton received several donations of “cool weather crops” between February and April. Collards, kale, cabbage greens, spinach, lettuce and a variety of herbs were picked at CHI’s Hatteras Island Community Garden located in Buxton.

This is the second year CHI has cultivated organically grown produce for the benefit community food pantries. “And they were always real glad to receive it since the pantries were often low on good fresh vegetables”, stated Rick Anzolut, CHI’s vice-president. “We brought the last of the harvest, seven pounds worth, to Saturday’s Earth Day celebration at the school. Visitors to our table left happy with a free bag of healthy greens.”

CHI and Dare County Master Gardener volunteers as well as other community volunteers care for the garden located behind Fox Watersports in Buxton. If you are interested in helping with the ongoing project, please contact co-managers Carol Bauer at 252-489-8980 or Bernie Tetreault at 252-995-4312.

“We are getting the garden ready for summer planting. It is a great group of people and we always have a good time,” says Bauer. CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to making healthy foods available to Outer Bank’s communities. The group also manages the Hatteras Island Farmer’s Market, held weekly during the summer months in Avon.

Volunteers at community garden

Volunteers Carol Bauer, Kim Anzolut and Richard Schwartz tend garden produce destined for local food pantries.

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