Last December, we first got a called "The Bounty Garden."
The Bounty Garden, housed at in Danville, continues to be a work in progress as high schoolers, their families, and other volunteers turn land into a garden to feed those in need.
A few weeks ago, Danville Boy Scouts Troop #223 members Josh Miner, Dallin Robins and Matthew Bertha, built and installed raised vegetable beds to earn their Eagle Scout designation.
Over the last year and a half, these young men have been building garden beds, and their installation in the “Bounty Garden” at Hap Magee turned into reality after putting in a seven-hour volunteer workday.
Organic soil was recently delivered and a workday will soon be scheduled to turn the beds into reality. The first seedlings will be transplanted into the beds in July, which is when a dream realized almost two years ago by mother and daughter team, Amelia and Heidi Abramson.
Yes, it has taken nearly two years from when young Amelia, a high school student, first proposed her idea of a community garden to her mom and eventually got the support of the Town of Danville.
Amelia was inspired to take on the creation of a community garden noting, “This project is very dear to my heart for many reasons. One is because I love gardening and I believe that organic gardening is something that should become more incorporated into people’s home gardens.
This idea, organic produce, is one of the most important parts of the educational aspect of The Bounty Garden. Also, I am devoted to this project because of the benefit it would have on the surrounding community. Not only would it raise awareness about gardening environmentally and composting, but it would also help those in our area who are feeling the effects of poverty.”
The personal intrinsic rewards for this mother and daughter duo have been tremendous. Heidi Abramson notes:
"First and foremost, it has been very inspiring to share the challenges and rewards of this adventure with my daughter. To see how the next generation approaches roadblocks and the lessons they take away from these experiences leaves me inspired and optimistic for the future," Abramson said.
"Secondly, I would have to say that the enthusiasm that the community and the Town of Danville have expressed to participate in a long-term community service project is also so inspiring. So many individuals and groups want to be a part of a feel good, do good effort. We live in an incredibly beautiful and productive place and our children and ourselves are so blessed with every opportunity that we have available, it is incredibly uplifting to see people (students, seniors, parents, etc.) faces light up about rolling up their sleeves and getting to work on helping their less fortunate neighbors.”
In the end, who will reap the rewards when the garden bears fruit and vegetables? Heidi shares, “We developed a "wish list" with the Contra Costa and Solano County Food Banks. Depending on whether a volunteer is participating in a Cool Crop (July to November or January to June) or a Warm Crop (February to October) program, the list will be available for them to choose from. Volunteers may also grow vegetables that are not on the Wish List, as the Food Bank will welcome any and all fresh food items and will make good use of them in their many different food distribution programs.”
To learn more about the “Bounty Garden” and donate money to help purchase more seedlings, or to volunteer to plant and raise crops or participate in a workday, visit here.