The Josephine County Food Bank is looking for a few good gardeners to come to the aid of their community…well, perhaps not so dramatic but we are always looking for volunteers.
The garden is a volunteer run project and we are always looking for interested people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty to come out and help harvest, weed, and do maintenance in the garden. Volunteers are welcome Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8 am to noon.
Once upon a time…
The story of Raptor Creek Farm is a long one, but it has a simple beginning.
A longtime Food Bank supporter named John Reinhart was speaking to the Food Bank's Program Manager, Susan Scheufele one day and the topic of quality food for struggling families came up. John simply said, “The Food Bank should have a farm.”
As this conversation was happening, the City of Grants Pass had just completed the purchase of the River Road Reserve, 250 acres of prime agricultural land just outside the city limits. While the Food Bank had been involved in a small scale garden project behind the warehouse on “M” Street, as well as other gardens throughout School District 7, we hadn’t before considered the idea of growing food on a large scale for the increasing demand.
Since 2011, the garden has produced hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce that has been distributed to individuals and families throughout Josephine County.
The Josephine County Food Bank and Raptor Creek Farm are operated under Friends of Josephine County Food Bank Network:
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