On a beautiful sunny September Friday, volunteers from Vanguard spent their lunch hours outside planting a whole new series of fall crops to be donated to local food pantries.
Spinach, lettuce, turnips and other crops were planted in beds recently cleared of summer harvests. In some cases, the fall crops are sown right among the tall summer pepper plants, which will offer shade for the cool-loving lettuce until the last peppers are harvested.
‘The production this years has been phenomenal,’ commented one of the volunteers. Vangaurd gives the fresh organic food from the garden to local food pantries. Their leadership in this model of corporate social responsibility has inspired other local companies like SAP and QVC to do the same.
Triskeles staff provide expert training and support for volunteers to plant three seasonal crop rotations, generating fresh produce from April through November.
The Vanguard garden is a joint project of Vanguard, Triskeles, and the Chester County Food Bank.