Food Share Garden Looking For Volunteers

By Kaylin Krashesky

GOLD HILL, Ore. — The Gold Hill Food Share Garden has been up and running for five years, providing produce free of charge to anyone who needs it. This week, ACCESS is hoping to get thousands of tomato, eggplant, pepper and squash plants into the ground and they are asking for the community’s help.

Pat Burt and his wife have been volunteering at the Gold Hill Food Share Garden for three years now. This week, he’s helping ACCESS put thousands of plants into the ground.

“Last year, garden had about 33,000 pounds; local community could only use about 1/3 of it,” explains the Food Share Project Manager, Curtis Shuler. “We’re a little bit concerned that we still haven’t gotten the word out to the community that there is a garden that produces free vegetables for them.”

Curtis says there are no prerequisites, just a need for some fresh produce.

“If you need the vegetables and you’re short on money, or having a tough time, we’re not going to check any specifics,” Curtis says. “Just come and get the vegetables.”

In order to get the vegetables, they must be planted. Pat hopes others join him and donate some time to help makes the plants grow

This is one of the challenges, I think,” says Pat.” Partly because there’s people like us who only come a couple days a week or whenever it works out for our schedule, you know. If more people do that, then there’s plenty of volunteers, but if they don’t, we’re short.”

There are multiple food share gardens all across Jackson County. Food grown in the gardens stays in each community, then if there is excess it goes to ACCESS distribution sites. If you would like to help, you can call ACCESS at 541-618-4003.