GardenShare has presented its eighth annual Growing Community Award to UShare, a project of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Canton.
Each year this award salutes organizations or individuals whose efforts strengthen food security in northern New York State.
UShare is a congregation-wide social action project that, since 2005, has operated two large gardens that grow food for emergency food programs. The Priest Field Garden in Canton and the Cecilie Garden in Potsdam donate some 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables every year to 17 food pantries in 14 North Country towns. The gardens are grown and the harvest distributed by more than 140 volunteers, not only from the Unitarian-Universalist Church, but also from the surrounding community, from the Presbyterian Church and the Congregation Bethel in Potsdam, and from the student bodies of SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson, and St. Lawrence universities.
In addition, UShare provides volunteers for GardenShare's booth at the Canton Farmers' Market, where shoppers there can use EBT/food stamp benefits to buy locally grown and produced food.
"We applaud the many, many UShare volunteers who make this possible," said GardenShare president Heather Sullivan-Catlin in presenting the award to UShare representatives Jan DeWaters and David Bradford, both of Potsdam. "UShare helps to realize GardenShare’s vision of a community where the pleasure of eating delicious, wholesome food can truly belong to everyone."
This year's presentation was made at GardenShare's recent community picnic at Sugar Hill Farm in DeKalb.
To learn more about GardenShare and its programs, visit www.GardenShare.org.