The JFS Food Pantry has been honored to receive fresh produce from Local Master Gardeners twice weekly since early May.
They have shared over 600 pounds of fresh produce which include: zucchini, beets, onions, potatoes, okra, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, tomatillos, and a variety of herbs.
The weight of the biweekly harvest ranges from 20-50 pounds. The 1,000 square foot garden at the KC Community Garden (KCCG), near Swope Park, is maintained by a dedicated group of local Master Gardeners.
The mission of the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Program is to educate and promote research-based horticulture information and training to the gardening public based on proven research specific to the local climate, soils and plants. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City program cover Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties.
In 2017, Master Gardeners challenged themselves to answer the question, “Could a family of four survive on a 1000 square foot garden?” A 2015 USDA report showed adults ate 415 pounds of vegetables a year –127 of which were potatoes. That became their goal. In 2017, their gardens produced 720 pounds of food in 1000 square feet, with spring, summer and fall crops.
In 2018, according to Master Gardener Susan Bailey,