Planting a garden this year? Plant some extras for the needy

Posted June 13, 2012, at 9:43 a.m.

Gardeners know that sometimes the season can be more bountiful than they’re ready for. But, when the garden overproduces, there is a great place to take the overflow.

Since 2010, St. Joseph Healthcare has operated a Community Vegetable Exchange Stand. Located near the Broadway entrance to St. Joseph Hospital, the stand is open 12-noon-2 p.m., Fridays, from July through September.

The stand is a place for community members and St. Joseph employees to drop off extra produce, as well as for community members to stop by and take what they can use. Anything left over will be donated to community programs for the hungry.

According to St. Joseph Healthcare, “The goal of the Community Vegetable Exchange Stand is to provide free vegetables to those who may not have access to fresh produce and provide a location for gardeners to kindly share their bounty.”

For more information, call St. Joseph’s Public Relations department at (207) 907-1720.

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