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Fresh food outreach group seeks donations of vegetables from gardeners

Learning how to pickle cucumbers Aug. 17 at the Warrensburgh Farmers’ Market are youngsters (from left) Bryce Vaisey, 9; Kara Bacon, Kailey Bacon and Priscilla Vernum, all 7. Conducting the demonstration, sponsored by Adirondack Farm-to-Pantry Initiative, is Ruth Fruda of Warrensburg. AFP is working to make fresh produce more available in northern Warren County, as well as teaching people how to prepare nutritional meals with fresh vegetables.

Learning how to pickle cucumbers Aug. 17 at the Warrensburgh Farmers’ Market are youngsters (from left) Bryce Vaisey, 9; Kara Bacon, Kailey Bacon and Priscilla Vernum, all 7. Conducting the demonstration, sponsored by Adirondack Farm-to-Pantry Initiative, is Ruth Fruda of Warrensburg. AFP is working to make fresh produce more available in northern Warren County, as well as teaching people how to prepare nutritional meals with fresh vegetables. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A not-for-profit organization that seeks to make fresh vegetables available to rural residents — particularly those of modest income — is now seeking donations of produce from community and backyard gardeners.

Residents of northern Warren County with excess produce are urged to contact Adirondack Farm-to-Pantry Initiative, and a member of the group will pick up any donated surplus produce. To schedule a pick up or find out about helping the effort, contact Teresa Whalen at 466-5497 or taawhalen@yahoo.com.

Through their “Harvest for Hunger” program, Adirondack Farm-to-Pantry is distributing local produce to the Chestertown food pantry and the North Country Ministry outreach center in Warrensburg.

AFP is a group of volunteers who are committed to promoting sustainable local agriculture and food security, connecting farms with their communities, and promoting healthy eating. AFP has been working in conjunction with Warrensburgh Beautification, Adirondack Harvest, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Among the groups helping the effort have been YouthWorks and Warren County Youth Court members. Established this year, AFP has been growing fresh fruits and vegetables in several locations in Chestertown, Glens Falls and Warrensburg, and selling some of their produce at the Chestertown and Warrensburg farmers’ markets. They have also been offering shares in a community-supported agriculture operation they run.

Additionally, the group will soon be offering cooking classes to teach young mothers how to prepare easy, nutritional meals for their families using fresh ingredients.

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