November is a month when many organizations strive to make a difference in their communities by donating food to feed those in need. Bucknell does so through the annual Thanksgiving Turkey and Trimmings Basket Drive, but the University also fights local food insecurity through its year-round support of the Lewisburg Community Garden.
A partnership between Bucknell and the borough of Lewisburg, the Community Garden grows organic fruits and vegetables for free distribution, primarily through Community Harvest, a weekly hot-meal program in Milton, Pa. Managed by Bucknell's Office of Civic Engagement, Community Harvest provides meals to approximately 100 individuals each week. Local food banks and additional meal programs also benefit, and the garden serves as an educational resource for students at Bucknell and in area school districts. The garden also provides a space for community members to grow food and flowers for personal use, with modest rental fees paid by those growers subsidizing garden overhead.
This season was the garden's most successful by far, with more than 3,400 pounds of produce donated in the spring and summer alone. Garden managers hope that number to reach 4,000 pounds when fall harvest totals are added in. Keep reading to learn more about the garden's banner year.