Grow-a-row: promoting a local sustainable food economy

  • Tue May 19th, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by Stephanie Cariker

You may know them as the worker bees behind the Evening Meals at Lopez Island School, or for their collaboration in creating the book “Bounty”, an island household staple featuring local organic farmers, their stories, and, of course, their favorite recipes.

But as the stay-at-home order stretches into the soft parts of summer, the Lopez Locavores are showing up in new ways to foster old values: promoting a local sustainable food economy through their Grow-a-Row initiative.

Long before the arrival of COVID-19, the Locavores collaborated closely with the Lopez Fresh food assistance program, overseen by the Lopez Island Family Resource Center.

Even then, however, despite receiving roughly 300 pounds of both fresh and non-perishable foods per month from a variety of sources, the need oustripped the supply.

Since March 16th, the Lopez Island Family Resource Center has seen that need jump nearly two-fold, making approximately 1,240 deliveries per month (310 families per week).

And they are doing so with less resources.

Due to a combination of logistics and safety measures, Lopez Fresh is not currently receiving food donations from household gardeners, donors that historically made up a large part of monthly donations.

In response, the Lopez Island Garden Club along with the Lopez Locavores are not only calling for locals to Grow-a-Row in collaboration with the food needs of our island, but they’ve created a hub for drop off, processing and pick up for those who need it most.

Starting Tuesday May 26th, and every Tuesday throughout summer, you can drop off your cleaned and ready-for-packaging garden goods at Woodman Hall between 9:00-10:30 AM. Priority will be given to seniors and Meals on Wheels, however this bounty is open to anyone who needs it, no questions asked.

Place: Woodman Hall

Day: Tuesdays

Donation Drop off: 9:00-10:30 AM

Pick up: Between 10:30-12:00 PM

If you’d like to collaborate, please contact Marney Reynolds