Though our initial purpose for forming the Sharing Gardens was to provide free fruits and vegetables to food charities, we've always wanted our project to be helpful and relevant to other folks in our community who don't shop at the Food Pantry. This year we found a way.
A free wood-chip pick-up and drop-off site!
We share a large parking lot with the S. Benton Food Pantry which provides easy access both for the chip-trucks and neighbors with trailers to turn around in.
The Sharing Gardens shares a large parking lot with the Community Center/Food Pantry next door.
This program has benefits for everyone involved: it saves the tree companies the time to drive an extra 25 miles to the closest municipal-scale composting facility, and the money they charge for yard-waste deposits ($70/load!). And our neighbors have a reliable source of free wood-chips at an easily accessible site.
|Tree companies are able to easily drop off a load of wood chips and our neighbors also can get close for loading.|
|Sandra and Jenny help Jim load wood chips onto his trailer.|