TWIN LAKES FOOD BANK’S COMMUNITY GARDEN
By Jennie Lewis, Grants Committee Chair
The Folsom Garden Club (FGC) awarded a total of $7,623 in five Grants last budget year. The Grants Committee has now received final reports on the grant funded projects. Twin Lakes Food Bank received a $2,500 grant to strengthen the garden infrastructure, increase growing capacity, and provide a shaded work area and tools for the volunteers.
The garden’s growing capacity was increased by restoring and filling 6 newly renovated raised beds with soil as well as preparing an additional 6 beds with needed soil and fertilizer. As a result of the project, the food bank now has 12 additional raised beds for spring planting for a total of 60 growing beds.
The grant funding supported the increased growing capacity, which resulted in the food bank’s ability to provide 6,706 households with fresh fruits and vegetables from December 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.
A shady, functional outdoor space for the volunteers was created by purchasing and installing two large shade umbrellas and stands, one outdoor picnic table with benches and four chairs. The volunteers use the space for training, planting, resting and celebrating! Further, additional tools were purchased to equip the volunteers (2 shovels, 1 cutter, 2 trowels, 1 hoe, 2 garden forks, 1 pruner, 1 post driver, 1 watering wand and a wheelbarrow).
The Twin Lakes Food Bank has expressed it’s gratitude to the Folsom Garden Club for supporting of their Community Garden and effort to provide for community members in need by increasing their ability to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.