"The Foodbank Farm and Garden project and leadership team believe that everyone should have access to fresh, local food. We also believe in strong networks." - Kathy Ryan, President Food Bank Farm & Gardens
ABOUT THE QUIMPER GRANGE FOOD BANK GARDEN
The Quimper Grange #720, located at 1219 Corona Street in Port Townsend, is celebrating 100 years of supporting farms, gardens, and bringing community together through dance, music, and a variety of programs including several on emergency preparedness and composting. We have come a long way since the 30 years of meetings in Jacob Miller’s hen house on Kuhn Street!
Honoring a Grange heritage of supporting farms and farmers nationally since 1867, this Food Bank Garden is a 7,000SF area supported by the Quimper Grange which supplies land, water, and electricity. This year it celebrates its 8th year of donating an average 3,000 pounds of fresh, organically grown produce to the Port Townsend Foodbank, for Wednesday and Saturday distribution. With 10-15 steady volunteers, the garden grows a mix of vegetables, herbs, raspberries, and winter greens, as well as flowers to nurture our pollinators. This year, to expand our offerings and maximize garden space, we grew heirloom potatoes in felt pots through a grant from the TriArea Garden Club. In the fall, we will add a third hoop house to increase production of winter vegetables.
FBFG have always had food safety protocols in place, but with COVID, garden managers attended a webinar through WSU on safe procedures and implemented additional safeguards at each garden and posted protocols as well as COVID updates through L20/20 link.
We will be continuing to donate greens and storage crops to the foodbanks, as well as begin to share freeze dried produce.