|Squash ready to harvest|
In Gallup, New Mexico, there is a community garden that can serve as a model for the rest of the country. One of the things that makes this so significant is that this is a garden sponsored by food bank.
Tim Kelley, executive director of The Community Pantry has brought the community together to create this garden. Over the past two years, he developed a dynamic garden, called Hope Garden, with an orchard, asparagus beds, berry patches, raised beds, hoop houses where they grow vegetables for distribution during the winter as well as the rest of the year.
|Raised beds designed to offer access for those with limited mobility|
Now The Community Pantry is exploring the possibility of hosting a series of therapeutic gardening programs to bring hunger solutions, healing gardens and empowerment together.
|Hoop houses are covered areas used for vegetables and herbs. (Photo: The Community Pantry)|
|Tim Kelley describes asparagus beds|
New Mexico is uniquely qualified to make this happen. With our diverse cultural resources that provide the wisdom and experience, and a climate that forces us to work together I think we can make it happen.
|Corn planted not for the ears but the pollen to be used ceremonially|