Andy Meek and his wife Mel Collier-Meek, owners of Spring Lake Gardens in Sterling, Connecticut, are passionate about the land, local economy and their community. Their sustainable vegetable farm offers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares of fresh produce to families on a weekly basis and this growing season they’ve earmarked 10 CSA shares for donation to help those in need. Spring Lake Gardens also offered to deliver fresh vegetables to one of Connecticut Food Bank’s member programs along their delivery route in Eastern Connecticut.
This season Spring Lake Gardens is delivering bags of fresh produce to Putnam’s Interfaith Human Services Daily Bread Pantry each week. The pantry, part of the community for 30 years, has an initiative to offer more fresh vegetables to its 215 clients. Those served include homeless individuals, single parents, families, senior citizens and those receiving assistance from state and federal programs.
“Getting healthy food to our families is an important aspect of our program,” said Anne Kathi Peterson, pantry coordinator. “We also know that supporting local farms and receiving freshhome-grown vegetables for our families is one of the best ways to nourish neighbors and keep children and adults healthy.”