Updated: September 07, 2020 06:24 PM
Created: September 07, 2020 04:33 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The community in Taos is coming together to help put food on the table for families financially affected by COVID-19.
Fresh, healthy, and organic food is being grown on a one-acre community garden at the Rio Fernando Park in Taos. Jim O’Donnell, with the Taos Land Trust, said they came up with the idea for the garden.
“When the coronavirus epidemic, pandemic, started, one of the first things that we realized was that there’s a lot of people in our community that are having trouble putting food on the table,” O’Donnell said.
The produce grown is donated to families in need and to local food banks.
“I think the pandemic has really highlighted a lot of the problems that we have been able to kind of brush over in society for years,” said O’Donnell. "One of those is food security in the community, so people have access to affordable high quality food.”
They also partnered with Vista Grande High School in Taos to employ students to work in the garden, where O'Donnell said they're taught valuable skills.
“So installing drip irrigation, how to improve the soil, and it is an organic garden, so they’re learning a lot of techniques to be successful farmers and gardeners in the future,” said O’Donnell “It’s been great to be able to employ local youth especially in this difficult time.”
Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean the community garden will. They’ve already planted fall crops to continue helping the community in the colder months.
“One of the positive things I’ve seen out of this pandemic crisis is the way our community has come together. People have stepped up to volunteer and to donate money," O’Donnell said.
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