Volunteers Harvesting The Bounty

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Summer is winding down and it’s time to harvest the garden and for volunteers at the Josephine County Food Bank Garden, it’s a big harvest that’s coming in.

About a dozen volunteers from the Gospel Rescue Mission, Greenleaf industries and the general public were busy Wednesday morning picking the tomatoes, melons, squash, peppers and other vegetables. Under the leadership of David James and his experience at Greenleaf industries his gardening skill has produced certainly a bumper crop. He says last year was a bumper crop for cucumbers; this year it’s green peppers.

The one acre site on city land along Upper River Road is loaded with squash and melons, tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers and other vegetables. Almost all the food goes to the county food bank for distribution to ten food pantries and three kitchens serving needy residents. Harvest days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Anyone who wants to help gather in the crop is welcome on those days. Picking starts about 8 a.m.