#10Life: Local community gardens grew over 450 pounds extra for those in need

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(Fremont County, WY) – Two local nonprofits, Wind River Grow Our Own 307 and Pushroot Community Garden in Lander, participated in the Grow a Little Extra program this summer.

They both planted a few extra rows or raised beds worth of carrots, peppers, tomatoes, squash, and green beans among other produce.

The harvested goods, which weighed in at over 470 pounds combined, were then given to the University of Wyoming’s Cent$ible Nutrition Program to be distributed to those in need locally.

Grow a Little Extra is a collaboration between First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative, the UW Cent$ible Nutrition Program, and the Master Gardener program.

Yesterday alone, Pushroot harvested 108 pounds of carrots and tomatoes which bumped their season total to 420 pounds, shared member Monty Hettich.

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Grow Our Own has donated twice, but the weight for their first harvest was not available. The second harvest was over 40 pounds, according to Grow Our Own Co-Founder Darrah Good Voice Elk. They will likely get more produce in the coming weeks.

Pushroot had a pretty decent season, Monty noted. Below is the largest head of cauliflower he had ever seen which was grown by gardener Maggie.

h/t Monty Hettich – Maggie with a giant purple cauliflower harvest

First Lady Jennie Gordon visited these nonprofits in May at the beginning of planting season. Click here to read our earlier post.

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