Resiliency in a Box Update
Produce for families in need
Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG) and The Forge Garden continue to donate and deliver fresh produce to underserved community members through our Resilience in a Box program. Over the last 10 weeks, Resilency in a Box has coordinated delivery to 23 community members in the Gardner and Washington neighborhoods as well as to a local women’s shelter and the Bronco Pantry on campus. Shifting focus, from garden-based education to increasing food access, has allowed our garden program staff to maintain valuable connections to the people and organizations we partner with.
This connection is critical during this time of physical distancing as there is a sincere joy in delivering produce. Smiling children welcome boxes of veggies, friends update each other, and we share stories of coping during this unprecedented time. It has been especially wonderful to see how one specific community member has found the time and space to grow her own food. Each week she sends pictures of how her garden has taken root, documenting the beautiful meals it produces. It is inspiring to witness her flourishing garden feed her family over the last couple months. Much of what The Forge and BUG do is about building community around food, whether we are volunteering in the garden together or use the space for hands-on learning.