Trehab Food Bank Garden
The Trehab Food Bank Garden project began in 2012, when a USDA loan allowed the organization to purchase the building housing the South Montrose food pantry. The local Area Agency on Aging received a grant allowing for construction of a greenhouse on the property, with the purpose of providing fresh vegetables for the pantry's senior clients. With the purchase of the land, it became possible to expand this initiative and grow fresh fruits and vegetables available to clients of all ages at Trehab's two food pantries in rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The garden focuses on growing high yield and high nutrition produce. Various businesses and community groups have assisted the garden with donations of time, talent, and funds. In 2012 the United Way held a Day of Action to install additional raised beds, and for the 2013 growing season a local contractor provided mulch and installed grow tubes in the raised beds. The site now boasts a total of 15 raised beds, along with a few ground plots reserved for ground crops. Area residents have also embraced the vision, by donating produce, equipment use, labor, and plants.
Trehab hopes to continue to expand and improve the garden project in the future. This includes increasing the number of raised beds in order to assist more people, adding composting and rain water collection barrels to save funds and make better use of natural resources, and introducing new crops. Trehab would like to use the garden for community education purposes, perhaps partnering with other agencies. There has also been discussion about using the greenhouse to grow flowers, which can then be sold in the spring or summer as a revenue stream to support the project.
Thus far this has been a very successful project, which it is hoped will only improve with time.
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