Garden Shares Program for Low-Income Families


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Providing Families In Need with Fresh, Healthy Produce through A Garden Share Program

For immediate release:  May 7, 2015    

Contact:  Sandhya Tillotson, Executive Director                                              
The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado        

If you could do one thing to help address food security in our community, what would it be?

This Spring help provide a low-income family with a weekly box of fresh, local produce and cooking classes through a Garden Share. The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, Manna Soup Kitchen, Cooking Matters and local farmers are partnering to offer a garden share program for low-income families and are using crowdfunding to help raise funds and awareness.

Garden Project Executive Director, Sandhya Tillotson, said they are hoping to expand the program, now in its second year, from 8 to 15 families. Tillotson said that a full donation of $500 provides a low-income family with a weekly box of local produce, supplied by the Manna garden and donations from the Durango Farmers Market from June - October, 2015. The families will also receive weekly recipes and invitation to participate in a 6-week cooking class series provided by Cooking Matters. The goal is to raise $7,500 by June 30th, in time for the first produce pickup by families. This is a time limited fundraising campaign and every dollar helps!

Families will have the opportunity to grow and harvest much of the food themselves through weekly workdays organized at the Manna Soup Kitchen Garden. Everyone is invited to attend the garden days, held every Wednesday from 10 am – noon, now through the end of October.

For more information on how to make donations please visit and click on "The Garden Share Program." In addition to helping a family in need, everyone who donates to the project will also receive a free gift from The Garden Project of Southwest.

Harvest Funders is a local crowdfunding website, based in Bayfield, CO, built to assist families and organizations raise capital for agricultural projects.

Garden Share applications are available online in the link above or in person at Manna Soup Kitchen – ask for Jason Cloudt, Volunteer Coordinator.


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