Goshen Health community garden impacts donations to local food banks
GOSHEN, Ind., November 23, 2017 – The growing season has come to an end for the community garden. Planted by Goshen Health and Goshen Middle School’s seventh grade science class, a community garden has been grown for the past two years. The garden was created to promote healthier eating while educating the community on nutrition and the growing process. It is located behind Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction and the Goshen Retreat Women’s Health Center.
“We grew close to 2,000 pounds of food this year,” said Sara Stalter, director of food and nutrition services at Goshen Health. “We grew about 1,100 pounds last year. Each year has been a different learning experience. The goal is to have people eat fresh produce so eat less packaged foods.”
The produce grown in this year’s garden included watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes and potatoes. The seeds for the garden were donated by Seed to Feed, a program of Church Community Services in Elkhart County. Seed to Feed provides seeds that have been donated by local farmers and seed companies, and the food grown in community gardens help benefit local food banks. Community members who participate are welcome to pick produce from the garden to take home.