ACCESS garden program holds free breakfast for Gold Hill volunteers

The ACCESS Food Share Garden program will kick off the 2011 season with a free breakfast for its Gold Hill volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Lampman Road Baptist Church, 100 Lampman Road.

Volunteers will learn about a new 20,000-square-foot garden in Gold Hill. The local program has a goal of producing 30,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry. Anyone interested in attending the breakfast can call Linda Guillemette at 541-855-7572.

Food Share Gardens in Gold Hill, Rogue River, Medford, Central Point and the U.S. Veterans Affairs facility in White City will begin preparing the ground and planting in the next few weeks. Veterans at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics tend their Food Share Garden, but the gardens in Gold Hill, Rogue River, Medford and Central Point are in need of volunteers.

Teams of volunteers participate in planting, maintaining, harvesting and distributing the produce. Between 20 and 30 volunteers are needed to tend each garden, including a leadership team which supervises the work. Volunteers are asked to work one to three hours per week. Volunteers also will receive a reasonable amount of vegetables from the garden.

The Central Point Food Share Garden is in the start-up phase and garden leaders are needed to install drip irrigation and help manage the garden. Individuals with organic vegetable growing experience are needed. Those interested in helping may call Nan King at ACCESS at 541-779-6691, ext. 309, by the end of April.

The Food Share Garden program is also looking for landowners within Phoenix or Talent city limits to host a garden plot of about 60 feet by 160 feet, which will produce up to 10,000 pounds of produce. Those interested in allowing their land to be used as a garden for a minimum of two years can contact King. Both land and water are needed; water use is minimal because of the programmable drip irrigation systems.

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