ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A community garden project in Marketview Heights harvested nearly 90 pounds of produce on Saturday, as residents began to pick the fruits and vegetables.
The project started in 2010 as a way for city residents to grow and harvest their own fruits and vegetables, while also empowering and educating residents.
Nicolle L. Haynes, one of the organizers of the Field-to-Table program, was at the harvest with her 17-year-old son. She said she hopes people can feel inspired and return to contribute to the project.
“It’s really an opportunity to serve your community and just really learn and see that, in the heart of the city, we can grow food,” Haynes said. “We can have fun. We can enjoy ourselves as people. So, I love Field to Table. It’s a great Garden.”
The participants of the project get to pick the fruits and vegetables first, but anything that is left over is donated to local food pantries and to people and families who couldn’t physically make it to the harvest.
Organizers said the project is non-profit and will continue to support the Rochester community.