Share the Bounty Week 2015 | Community Gardens
More than 27,000 people in Elkhart County are considered by the USDA to be food insecure, meaning they sometimes lack access to enough nutritionally adequate food for a healthy life. Goshen Farmers Market’s Share the Bounty program seeks to help fill this gap by subsidizing the cost of fresh, healthy, locally produced food for low-income residents. The program serves participants in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and community members identified by churches and partner organizations. Share the Bounty Week is our attempt to connect and collaborate with other community organizations in celebrating and promoting our collective efforts to improve food access in Goshen and Elkhart County.
The 3rd annual week of events specifically highlighted the role of community gardens in providing improved access to healthy food. Goshen Farmers Market staff worked with volunteers and partner organizations to convene a series of conversations designed to network garden leaders and engage community support.
Share the Bounty Week consisted of three community conversations, as well as a community celebration at the Goshen Farmers Market.
- Mon 11/16, 12-1:30pm - Gardens for Healthy People and Healthy Neighborhoods, brownbag lunch at the Rieth Interpretive Center; how can food production in public spaces improve food access and enhance neighborhoods?
- Tue 11/17, 7–8:30pm - Community Gardens and Diversity, cafe discussion at La Casa, open to gardeners, garden leaders, advocates, and supporters; how do Goshen's gardens express and nourish the rich diversity of our community?
- Sat 11/21, 8am-1pm - Share the Bounty Week Celebration, hosted by Goshen Farmers Market; celebrating the market, thanking the community, and supporting Share the Bounty.
- Sat 1/23, 4pm-7pm - Community Garden Leadership Potluck, at Vista Community Health Center; a potluck dinner for garden leaders and advocates to network and explore opportunities for collaboration while celebrating our local community gardens and the people that help them grow.
Goshen Farmers Market staff interviewed community garden leaders, and created posters to represent various gardens in the area that are impacting food and wellness in the community. The posters were displayed at the Share the Bounty Week events, and are now published on this website.
The Well Foundation generously supported additional funding to write up, translate, and publish the unique stories gathered on this site, in order to better share them with the community. These garden posters and stories advance health and wellness in Goshen and Elkhart County by disseminating inspiring stories that highlight community responses to two fundamental needs: healthy food and active relationships. Community gardens can improve food security by empowering participants to grow and share fresh produce with their neighbors, co-workers, and communities. At the same time, they can provide public gathering spaces in which diverse participants can find common ground through mutually beneficial relationships. Producing and sharing these stories in Spanish and English will provide a resource to help new and existing gardens connect with more diverse audiences.
Thank you Well Foundation!