The seventh season of planting and growing fresh vegetables at the WIC Community Garden got underway recently.
The kickoff event was held on March 26, at the garden, 11875 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) families, community members and staff volunteers turned and aerated dirt and planted potatoes, carrots and onions.
The mission of the WIC Community Garden is to educate, empower and feed clients in the WIC program to create a healthier community. Last year, the garden produced 4,846 pounds of fresh vegetables. All of the produce harvested from the garden is distributed to families enrolled in the WIC program.
“I want my daughter to see the garden and learn how to plant good things” said Tina, WIC participant and mother of a two year old.
The current federal stipend for fruits and vegetables to nursing and pregnant women enrolled in the WIC program is $11 per month; children receive $9 per month. The WIC community garden provides an additional opportunity for them to get fresh fruits and vegetables.
“It is great to see the WIC families coming out with their children to the WIC garden. It is my hope that by letting them play in the dirt, plant seeds and eventually harvest those plants, they will develop an interest in the foods that they eat,” said Laura Grimmett, WIC program manager.
WIC clients who volunteer in the garden are given first pick of the fresh fruits and vegetables.
Volunteers are welcome to participate in the WIC Community Garden from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., every Tuesday. Sign up by contacting the volunteer coordinator at [email protected] or online.