Ana Rasmussen, founder of Mesa Verde gardens, stopped by Second Harvest the other day to show us the morning’s harvest before delivering it to Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Watsonville.
Forty pounds of zucchini and ten of broccoli, giant radishes, sixteen heads of lettuce, beet greens, collards and chard, cilantro and parsley. These fresh-picked vegetables will help make a lot of healthy meals for hungry people.
Mesa Verde Gardens’ programs assist low-income people to achieve equal access to fresh, healthy food by joining with them to build and maintain their own year-round organic edible gardens, thus improving health and lowering food costs.
They also maintain a 1/8 acre Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Garden, adjacent to the Community Garden at All Saints Episcopal Church. This is the second year that Ana has donated the produce she grows in the sustainable garden to Loaves and Fishes. Before planting this Spring, Ana asked the staff to tell her what they would like her to grow for use in their daily lunch program and now she is making good on her promise. She typically harvests twice a week and the vegetables arrive at the Loaves and Fishes kitchen shortly after being picked.
Loaves and Fishes is a community supported food pantry and kitchen serving working poor families, migrant farm workers, the elderly, disabled and homeless. The pantry provides a hot meal at mid-day Monday through Friday, year round and is open every weekday to provide staples and perishable groceries to supplement the diets of individuals and families.
This blog is dedicated to Pedro, an avid community gardener who serves as a Garden Coordinator at the Mi Jardin Verde community garden. Pedro is facing a health crisis and has been in the hospital. He doesn’t like to miss a day in the garden and he has been letting his family know. “I need to be in the garden,” he tells them. “The lettuce needs me. The garden is the place that makes me feel the strongest. I just want to be there, it’s so peaceful.” Pedro, this is for you.