From Field to Table — Think Local Veggies
by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator
Note: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently hired Brian Vick as our Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator. Brian had been a a volunteer at the Community Kitchen Garden since early spring. He will be helping a team of volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond, weed, water & harvest 10,000 lbs of fresh vegetables for FeedMore’s Central Virginia FoodBank and Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia. This article first appeared on Brian’s own blog, where he features posts about music, gardening, photography and his other passions, including the Community Kitchen Garden.
The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden (CKG) provides fresh produce to FeedMore — the umbrella organization coordinating the Central Virginia Food Bank, The Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia. Talk about thinking local: the CKG is 4.5 miles from the FeedMore facility. That means the produce is fresh, higher in nutrition and the consumption of gasoline is minimal.
Sally Pluot, VP of Food Services for FeedMore, granted access to the Kitchen this morning so we could see the CKG produce being put in use. The Community Kitchen is an impressive operation – sparkling and PRODUCTIVE. An impressive stat: 77 percent of the hands-on labor is volunteer.