A dedicated group of volunteers lead by our accomplished head gardener, and board member, Bart Mealer, regularly works in our garden, planting, weeding, composting, and harvesting fresh vegetables and herbs, all of which is distributed to our clients. Begun in 1994, our garden started out with just a few raised beds. Over the following years, the garden gradually grew into the current 15,000 square feet and 52 raised garden beds that we now work with. We love our garden!
In 2011, we introduced a water catchment system, which holds 10,000 gallons of rainwater and helps us save on water costs with the City. That same year, Food Share harvested 2,600 pounds of produce. In 2012, we erected our first High Tunnel greenhouse, which allows us to grow vegetables nearly year round. With the help of this greenhouse, we harvested 6,000 pounds of produce in 2012. Every year our production continues to increase, and in 2013, we harvested over 9,000 pounds of fresh vegetables! In May of 2014, we erected our second High Tunnel greenhouse. With the addition of this second greenhouse, we harvested over 10,000 pounds of produce in 2015, and just under 10,000 in 2016. In 2017, we installed our 5th 2,500 gallon water catchment tank, bringing our total water catchment capacity to 12,500 gallons.