For over 10 years, Noble participants and staff have grown fruits and vegetables in our Giving Sum Garden, named after the organization that funded its creation.
The garden serves several purposes. Individuals and staff enjoy learning how to grow everything from cucumbers to squash. Starter plants and seeds are donated by organizations like Tasty Bites Good Seed program.
With the help of volunteers, they plant, weed and harvest the food items. Most of the hundreds of pounds of produce is donated to Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry down the street, with the rest is used in cooking classes.
On Mondays, Angie and Community Exploration Staff Lisa Wadley head to Old Bethel to drop off the produce and volunteer for a couple hours.
Recently, we added a new community partner: Community Cupboard of Lawrence.
Individuals like Charles (at right) and Adult Day Services Staff Taja Ward pick the ripe produce on Fridays and then head to Community Cupboard to donate the items and volunteer for a couple hours.