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A Healthy Harvest at The Open Door

Easter Egg Radishes from the Garden
Easter Egg Radishes from the Garden
This past Monday, May 21, FoodCorps Service Member Grace Cherubino and Cape Ann Farmers' Market Backyard Growers Program Coordinator Lara Lepionka got their hands dirty harvesting vegetables from the community garden at The Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, Mass. Their harvest of spinach, Easter egg radishes, brassica, sweet leaf lettuce, arugula, baby kale, cilantro, chives, and oregano went directly into The Open Door's cooler for the community members who have been helping in the garden this spring.

Earlier this spring, The Food Project partnered with the Backyard Growers Program and The Open Door to build several raised beds at The Open Door to help initiate the community garden. Since then, Lara and Grace have taken the lead in planting and caring for the garden and leading afternoon mentoring sessions for community gardeners. Gardeners who help in the garden regularly are able to take home a share of the vegetables that they harvest. Any leftover vegetables go into the food pantry at The Open Door.

Grace and Lara are ecstatic to have such a beautiful and abundant harvest so early this spring and are looking forward to many more harvest days in the coming months!

If you would like more information about the community garden at The Open Door, please contact FoodCorps Service Member Grace Cherubino.

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