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New Community Garden Produces for Charities

New Community Garden Produces for Charities

August 05, 2020

The Jordan Ranch Community Garden isn’t officially open, but it’s already producing results in the form of veggies for residents and donations to local charities.

Planted last year, our newest amenity is slated to open in August offering fresh produce, opportunities to learn through programs such as volunteer days, and entertainment for residents through dinners and harvest celebrations. Located at the south end of Cinnamon Teal Circle, the community garden is overseen by Agmenity, a company that provides agricultural amenity services to developers, HOAs, school districts and other community organizations. Among the many projects they have been responsible for is the 12-acre farm at the center of our sister community, Harvest Green.

Our first vegetables were harvested in December with residents being the primary recipients. When businesses went into lockdown, we began donating the fruits of our labor.

More than 1,000 pounds of turnips, radishes, beets, lettuce and spinach made their way to the Katy Christian Ministries food pantry during the winter and spring months.

Hundreds of pounds of produce including carrots, beets, fennel and greens were recently donated to Houston Shift Meal. Working in conjunction with restaurant group Goodnight Hospitality, the organization provides food to out-of-work restaurant workers who have lost jobs due to the pandemic.

Local restaurants were offered free or half-price produce to help them get through the challenge of quarantine. The restaurants — many of them award-winning — included Theodore Rex, Squabble, KIN, Coltivare, BOH Pizza and Pasta, Rosie Cannonball and Nancy’s Hustle.

Finally, produce was donated to I’ll Have What She’s Having, a Houston-based organization whose mission is to support women's health initiatives through partnerships with female chefs.

Our residents are benefitting, as well. Every Tuesday and Thursday we harvest some great-looking produce and give a portion of the harvest to our Jordan Ranch families.

In time, we hope that residents will be able to rent their own plots to garden under the supervision of our Farm Educators, who will be teaching residents all aspects of cultivation from sowing seeds to harvesting the produce.

We are thrilled that our garden has become a resource for both our residents and the greater Houston community.

 



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