Food Pantry Production Farm Doubles In Size

The Avon Township Community Foundation in conjunction with Avon Township has doubled the size of this years ‘production farm’. Sam Yingling, Township Supervisor, stated that “The Township is working in conjunction with the Avon Township Community Foundation on this year’s community garden and food pantry production farm. The production farm has been doubled in size this year which will provide even more healthy food choices to those people seeking emergency food assistance from our food pantry!”

Three areas of the production farm have been drastically incresed in size
Three areas of the production farm have been drastically incresed in size.

The production farm also had drain tiles added this year to alleviate flooding problems in certain areas. The tiles drain down to the retention pond which allows the water to be reused for watering purposes. 

Drain tiles have been installed to alleviate poor drainage in certain areas

Wendy Warden, President of the Avon Township Community Foundation, told me that once again the 10×20 plots would rent for $35 per season for those wishing to keep all of their harvest. For those offering to share their excess crop with the food pantry on a weekly basis, the fee drops to only $20 per season. Warden also stated that the area has been tilled once already and, weather permitting, they hope to have it tilled twice more to reduce the weed growth. The plot below appears to have had a second tilling.

Plots will be 10x20 and rent for $35/season or $$20 if excess is shared with pantry
Plots will be 10x20 and rent for $35/season or $$20 if excess is shared with pantry

Contact Wendy Warden if you are interested in renting a plot. Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am until noon is the current target date to kick things off and they will be planting the bulk of the Avon Township Community Foundation’s Production Farm which is dedicated to the Avon Township Food Pantry. Warden says “Please join us as we kick off our second season in the garden!”.

There is always an ongoing need to help control the weeds and water the plants in the Community area plots so if you have some spare time and would like to volunteer call Wendy Warden at 847-401-1135 or 224-338-9240

Below is a video of the 2010 growing season. You can see from the tilled areas from last year how much larger the production farm will be this year and why more volunteers are needed.

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