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The Hunger Coalition's Hope Garden

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By DeSiree Fawn

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The Hope Garden’s volunteer sessions are in full bloom at The Hunger Coalition’s food bank garden. The garden grows enough food for around fourteen hundred meals every growing season. Nearly all of the food from the garden goes to The Hunger Coalition’s mobile food bank. The only exception is when clients plot a bit of the garden to grow their own.

There are over ninety varieties of different plants in the garden. They try to grow foods that have a longer shelf life. The most sought after items being the tomatoes and spinach.

“What we’ve geared for as far as what we grow here the most, we sort of shifted towards varieties that store longer. So, we switched our onions from a scallion that lasts a week to a white bulb onion that can sit for longer,” said Hallie Reikowsky, Hope Garden Manager.

The garden is next to the Blaine County Court House and is open every day from dawn to dusk. Volunteer sessions take place every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6pm to 7:30pm and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 9am to 10:30am. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults and children ten years old or older can attend alone.

To learn more about volunteering for The Hunger Coalition or to become a food recipient, visit their website, http://thehungercoalition.org/.


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