Harvest Begins For Josephine County Food Bank

By Rob Scott

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The harvest season kicked off Monday at Raptor Creek Farms in Grants Pass. More than 700 pounds of food were harvested in the morning alone, but volunteers say that’s only a fraction of their goal.

A little over a month ago, what is now a sea of sprouting produce was then barren soil. In its second year, Raptor Creek Farm is growing fruits and vegetables that will all be donated to the Josephine County Food Bank. Monday was the first harvest of the year, and with over 700 pounds of squash and zucchini gathered, the farm is on its way.

What makes the farm even more unique is all of the gardening and harvesting is done completely by volunteers. Five Ameri-Corps volunteers from around the country, along with volunteers from around Southern Oregon, pitched to make an impact on those who need help in Josephine County.

There may still be a full harvest season left, but Garden Coordinator David James Hopes their impact can be immediate, James said that he is hoping to get over forty pounds of zucchini from each plant. The farm is always looking for more volunteers all you have to do is show up ready to work at 9 a.m. on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday.