WE NEED YOUR HELP to triple our food production (lettuces, herbs, tomatoes) and extend our growing season.
Help us convince the Royal Oak Planning Commission at a PUBLIC HEARING (JULY 10 at 7pm ROYAL OAK CITY HALL) to allow us to add a Hoop House (approx. 500 sq. ft.) behind our current beds.
This is the key step as part of the municipal process of obtaining a land use permit.
During the growing season Open Hands Garden provides more than 400 lbs. of fresh produce to feed the almost 15,000 guests of the Food Pantry.
The need for food assistance is significant in our community.
In 2015, more than 123,000 people including 35,000 children were living below the poverty level in Oakland County.
Open Hands is on track to provide food to nearly 14,000 people in 2017.
Due to the rising cost of food and the end of a $30,000 annual grant, we are seeking additional funding sources and donors to close this gap and meet the needs of our neighbors.
Would you consider making a contribution to Open Hands Food Pantry to help us during the holidays and coming year?
Through a partnership with the Oakland University engineering department this past summer, the Open Hands Garden was the recipient of an automated irrigation system designed by Oakland University engineers as their capstone project.
The automated watering system that was designed, programmed, installed, and calibrated by these Oakland University engineers who donated their time as talents as part of their senior engineering course will ensure that Open Hands Garden plants are always well watered and producing – no matter what the weather!
A very special thank you to all those involved with the project! Your dedication and design supports the garden that feeds Open Hands Pantry clients!
Gerone Ezra Jimenez
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