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Community Garden Collaborate with Smith’s Grocery

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Landon Thompson, owner of Smith’s Grocery, and Greensboro Community Garden volunteer Liz Steel, celebrate the first delivery of free produce to Greensboro Bend.

by Jenny Bayles

GREENSBORO – The Greensboro Community Garden (GCG), centrally located on the green in front of Town Hall, is well into its third growing season. Garden volunteers have been harvesting vegetables since mid-July and delivering the produce to the Hardwick Area Food Pantry. To date, almost 30 pounds of vegetables have been harvested, delivered, and distributed.

This month, the GCG is starting a new partnership with Smith’s Grocery in Greensboro Bend to distribute produce free. Proprietors Landon and Jen Thompson have provided space in their new chiller cabinet in the back of the store for the distribution of Greensboro Community Garden vegetables. The first delivery on Friday, August, 4 included almost 10 pounds of produce including string beans, snap peas, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, lettuces, zucchini, beets, purple top turnips, parsley, and basil.

To inaugurate this new collaboration, GCG volunteers brought vegetables, dips and a salad to the Basketball Skills Tournament on Saturday at the Community Park in Greensboro Bend to accompany the free hot dogs and hamburgers. The event, co-sponsored by the Rural Arts Collaborative and the Bend Revitalization Project, was organized by Amelia Blume, Summer Arts Coordinator for Rural Arts, with the assistance of her husband Josiah at the grill and several of the youngsters participating in the tournament.

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Greensboro Community Garden volunteers Liz Steel (left) and Jenny Bayles (right) serve salad and veggies at the Basketball Skills Tournament last Saturday at the Greensboro Bend Community Park.

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Greensboro Community Garden produce is housed in the new chiller cabinet at Smith’s Grocery in Greensboro Bend.

Regular produce deliveries to Smith’s Grocery will be on Friday mornings throughout August. All produce is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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