Planting at Grange Co-Op Garden

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Volunteers and Grange Co-Op employees rolled up their sleeves and planted rows of plants in the 5th Annual Grange Co-Op Garden.

The garden is located behind the Central Point Grange Co-Op location and 18 garden beds will soon be full of plants ranging from tomatoes to potatoes.

In the past the garden has raised about 2,000 pounds of produce which is then donated to ACCESS and distributed to more than 20 food pantries across Jackson County.

This year officials are hoping to top that number and provide even more fresh produce during the summer months for those who really need it.

“This is a program that really helps on a number of fronts. Again, we raised about two thousand pounds of fresh produce which was really a good thing for 23 different food pantries in our community,” said Steven Gillen at the Grange Co-Op.

Garden officials say they try to pick crops that are high producers and tomatoes, potatoes and carrots are now in the beds. Officials say if you want to get involved and help with the garden, visit the Central Point Grange Co-Op location and talk to the store manager.