Open Hands Garden continues with it's amazing growth this year. Harvests of kale, collards, lettuces and herbs have been abundant. And the hoop house is beginning to yield zucchini, squash and peppers. Tomatoes won't be far behind!
So how can you help bring this fresh produce to your hungry neighbors? Click the Sign Up button below and sign up for one or more volunteer sessions. Many time slots still available. No experience needed. Garden leaders will show you everything you need to know.
And remember "more grows in the garden than the gardener sows"!
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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Solar Panel Installed to Power System