Gardening for a cause; groups join forces to guarantee access to production
FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – The Garden Gang was back, volunteering at Dick’s Organics to support its mission.
Rick Ritter has been a gardener and naturalist who has been gardening since the early 1950s. The food Ritter grows is donated to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen and other churches and food banks to ensure those in need. receive nutritious food. This southwest Fort Wayne nonprofit grows organic produce on seven acres.
Garden Gang will be on the property at 10215 Coverdale from 12:30 p.m. to offer Ritter assistance in his project and efforts.
Diana Hart, director of gardens at Poplar Village Gardens, said it is important for garden groups to work together in order to have the greatest impact on the food shortage in the city.
“Food is a right, it’s not a privilege,” Hart said. “Everyone should be able to access high quality food without having the shame that is involved in some of the processes people have to go to for food assistance. “
Hart added that in his experience, food resource groups that work in growing and gardening food almost always need volunteers. She therefore encourages those with a green thumb to reach out and support your local gardening groups.