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Community garden provides veggies for Hope House

Courtesy of PCHC
Courtesy of PCHC
Volunteers cultivated this community garden behind Hope House in Bangor to provide fresh vegetables to Hope House guests receiving meals at the facility.

BANGOR, Maine — Guests, staff and volunteers at the Hope House Health and Living Center, 179

Corporate Drive, have cultivated a community garden for the fifth year. The produce is used for meals at the Hope House Shelter, with extra produce distributed to guests of transitional housing and those in need at the Hope House Health Center and Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse.

The garden ensures that guests are receiving meals with locally grown and self-sustained fresh


Seeds and seedlings were donated by community members and the Hope House utilizes

community volunteers, shelter guests and transitional housing tenants to plant, care for and

harvest the vegetables. The project is made possible with the help of numerous volunteers and

donors, including Pat, Doug and Kris Bears, Olivia Bean, Byron Hale, PCHC board member Monique Gautreau, the Orono-Veazie gardening and cooking class, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners, a local 4-H club and others.

Ann Giggey, director of Hope House , said, “We are very excited with the garden project. Not only does gardening provide a healthy activity, the results from harvesting ensure plenty of fresh, nutritious food being served to guests in the Hope House cafeteria.”

The Hope House plans to continue its Community Garden in the coming years and extends its

appreciation for the collaboration and donations received from the community and from members

of the Hope House Shelter and Transitions Programs.

To learn how you may get involved in supporting Hope House’s Community Garden, call Ann Giggey at 217-6713, ext. 1480.

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