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Volunteer community garden helps feed metro's hungry


Gina Dabney November 22nd, 2007

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma 2006 statistics reveal that 79 percent of all clients are food-insecure and 44 percent are experiencing hunger. Helping hungry Oklahomans by servicing and sharing a co...

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Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma 2006 statistics reveal that 79 percent of all clients are food-insecure and 44 percent are experiencing hunger. Helping hungry Oklahomans by servicing and sharing a community garden is Floyd Jameson, who started the garden with the assistance of his family in 1999.

The City-County Community Garden, located at N.E. 36th Street and N. Anderson Road in Spencer, provides citizens with free, organic vegetables.

With the assistance of a few volunteers including students at Parker Elementary, an Oklahoma City public school across from the garden, Jameson reports providing vegetables to approximately 1,000 senior, handicapped, needy and other disadvantaged citizens each year.

"We don't turn anyone down," he said.

CROPS
This summer, the community enjoyed snap beans, tomatoes and cucumbers from the community garden. Currently, Jameson is busy planting mustard greens and collard greens for the fall crop.

Of the total 20-acre area, which is owned by Oklahoma City Public Schools, four acres comprise the community garden. Jameson wants to expand the garden to feed more people.

"One of these days, I hope to have the whole area planted," he said.

DONATIONS
Requested items for donation to help the Spencer City-County Community Garden include:
" seeds,
" starter plants,
" fertilizer,
" manure,
" tractor services,
" gasoline,
" shelter or shade shed for workers,
" fencing,
" well-digging/irrigation,
" child-sized gardening gloves,
" tools and
" aprons.

Cash donations and volunteering to work in the community garden are always needed and appreciated.

For more information, call 769-4430. "Gina Dabney

 
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