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Feeding Medina County Produce Garden

Jun 09, 2014
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My name is Ron Maitland, and I am the volunteer coordinator for the Feeding Medina County Community Garden in Medina, Ohio, USA. It is too early for produce, so I use myself as an example of someone personally impacted by the garden.

The picture shows me building the fence for our one acre garden. Without the fence the deer eat everything. Groundhogs and bugs cause a lot of damage. Then there is frost, too much rain, not enough rain, hail, and disease.

A garden this size is a lot of work; building fence, tilling the plots, adding compost, and planting seedlings and seeds. The startup and maintenance itself is hard work.

All of this really makes me appreciate the farmers, who risk everything every year to bring us our food. I often wonder how they overcome the obstacles.

In food there is life, and in healthy food there is healthy life. I know a number of our food recipients on a personal basis. Knowing this improves their vitality makes it all worthwhile.

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