The CCAP Garden Project Story
During the first year of the pandemic Fern Vazquez and Mike Graham defined a community supported victory garden project (CHEO-Citizens Helping Each Other) to ensure access to fresh foods during the pandemic.
The project was also supported by The Wednesday Group, an informal group of citizens focused on helping the community during the pandemic. The second year of the project a second garden plot was added and doubled production.
Over the past three years the garden production has grown every year with 2023 setting the record of over 4,000 pounds of fresh produce.
The food was distributed to CCAP, Loaves and Fishes and Salvation Army for further distribution across the county. First Baptist also received fresh food for their hot meals program. Over 400 households were served representing several thousand individuals, including plenty of children.
Points to Remember
- CCAP has adopted the garden project and is now responsible for funding, managing, and growing the project to support the rising demand for fresh foods.
- Our goal is to make sure families have sustainable access to fresh foods from the garden along with fresh foods we provide all year long.
- You can donate and designate “support for CCAP garden” on PayPal, with checks mailed to our new location, cash or gift cards for locations that sell seeds and garden supplies.
- You can volunteer to join the garden team to plant, grow fresh foods and distribute to families in our county.