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Harvest for the Hungry Press Release

February 10, 2013

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Despite the drought and heat of last summer, 1,087 pounds of vegetables were produced at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Wauwatosa. 2012 was the fifteenth year that Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteers planted, tended, picked, washed, weighed and delivered the fresh produce to the Hunger Task Force and the Wauwatosa Food Pantry.

The motto for the garden is: “Gardening for a Cause”, according to Tom Lemoine, Master Gardener Volunteer and Harvest for the Hungry Garden chair. He said “The personal satisfaction of growing, picking, cleaning, and delivering these vegetables to the Tosa Food Pantry or Hunger Task Force is quietly and humbly enjoyed by those of us who toil in the garden.”

In less than 3,000 square feet of garden space, seven Master Gardeners plant rows of bush beans, beets, red and white cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, onions, sweet and banana peppers, zucchini, squash and potatoes were planted and harvested. For the fourth year tomatoes were an exceptional success.  The friend of a Master Gardener Volunteer starts the tomato plants in late winter then donates them to the Harvest for the Hungry Garden.

According to Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force, Executive Director, “Hunger Task Force appreciates receiving supplies of fresh produce grown through Harvest for the Hungry. This garden project serves as a great demonstration of how a small plot, tended by expert gardeners can produce healthy, nutritious foods for low-income families. On behalf of those in need, we want to express our thanks to UW-Extension, their expert staff and Master Gardener Volunteers!”

The Harvest for the Hungry Garden is also a demonstration garden used to test and showcase various vegetable varieties and horticulture practices. Last summer the gardeners planted and observed specific varieties of okra, lettuce, cantaloupe and cucumbers. Throughout the growing season the gardeners took photographs to document how the vegetable plants progressed.  They decided okra was the best trial plant with the added plus of a lovely flower.

For more information on the Harvest for the Hungry Garden, please contact Sharon Morrisey, Consumer Horticulture Agent, Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension, 414-256-4660, or Sharon.morrisey@ces.uwex.edu

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Please contact Sharon.morrisey@ces.uwex.edu for additional information.

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