Notes from 2010

Dear Community Members,

The past two years have been immensely educational ones for my daughter and me, as we set out to better understand what it means to be hungry here in our own community. We learned about the amazing network of food assistance programs, both public and private, that work fervently to meet the ever-growing need for assistance in this economically troubled time.  And, we came to understand why fresh produce is the most scarce and valuable provision of all.

But, surprisingly, we also came to discover that in every community, there thrives a desire to help.  While our program’s primary goal is to provide a consistent source of fresh vegetables to the Food Bank’s programs, an important benefit of The Bounty Garden is in providing community members with a real way to become a part of the answer.

We hope you will consider the program we have developed as an important asset to the community and Hap Magee Ranch Park.

Sincerely, Heidi

Dear Community Members,

My name is Amelia and my mom, Heidi, and I are co-founders of The Bounty Garden at Hap Magee Ranch Park.  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.  Today, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties feeds thousands upon thousands of people, but it still often does not have enough food to feed every hungry mouth.  With the produce donated by The Bounty Garden, many more people would go to sleep at night with a satisfied stomach.

I have always felt that the issue of poverty is one of the most pressing problems in our society today and, even though The Bounty Garden would only be helping out our little corner of America, it has the potential to become something much bigger!

Sincerely, Amelia