DENVER – Outside Denver South High School, Steff Grogan plants seeds that the pandemic is starving so many of us for.
“It’s hope, it’s hope, yes,” said Grogan.
It’s a passion project that she started last year. When the novel coronavirus closed the school and the student-run garden that was providing fresh vegetables for the school’s food bank, Grogan and the nonprofit Grow Local Colorado stepped in to help.
“The students who normally tend this garden couldn’t, so Jaclyn, who runs the pantry here, contacted me and said, ‘Could you grow food here?'” Said Barbara Masoner, co-founder of Grow Local Colorado.
“We were lucky enough to find Steff and Barb,” said Jaclyn Yelich, who runs the South High grocery bank. “They planted almost the whole garden.”
Chard, kale, pumpkin, radish – this commodity garden produced more than 300 pounds of vegetables for needy South High School students.
“We were able to donate groceries to the food bank almost every week from May to September,” Grogan said.
Grogan is back this season. She spends a lot of time looking after not only the school’s garden, but also the beds she made in her own garden.
“I have about 300 feet of raised beds that I grow food in. I also donated about 70 pounds last year, but this year I’ve quadrupled my acreage so I hope I can donate like 500 pounds of food,” Grogan said .
In a dark time for so many, Grogan and the Little Garden show what can grow from a small seed of hope and a whole lot of kindness.
“It was just a great gift for us to have Steffanie, she was like the vegetarian angel,” said Yelich.
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