Local church’s community garden benefits those in need

Posted at 8:08 PM, Mar 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-02 22:08:15-05

MIDVALE, Utah – Members of a local parish are planting boxes of organic vegetables they will later give away to those who may not otherwise be able to afford vegetables.

Volunteers with the St. James Episcopal Church planted 48 boxes of organic vegetables in their community garden, and parents and children alike came together to get their hands dirty.

Valerie Pitcher created the garden in question, and she spoke about the value of their efforts.

“I think that we have been lulled into a false sense of what’s available at the grocery store,” Pitcher said. “There are those who are a little more educated who try to buy their food organically, but that’s twice as much as what the regular food is at the grocery store, and this is food that isn’t accessible to just everybody.”

The church has worked on the project annually since 2009, and their efforts help an estimated nearly 600 families each year. St. James’ Community Garden, located at 7486 Union Park Ave. in Midvale, gives out the food to low-income families in partnership with St. James’ Food Bank on Sundays during the summer.