Last year, a couple employees started a vegetable garden at company headquarters. On July 26, 2019 Oregon CBD made their first produce donation to the Ella Curran and Dallas food banks. At the time the garden was well on its way to becoming overgrown with weeds. The first donation was mostly overgrown zucchini and summer squash. Over the next several months random harvests and food bank deliveries were made when it was determined that no one was going to be taking the vegetables home or there was more than anyone could possibly use. By the end of the season we had donated a total of 623 pounds, mostly to the Ella Curran food bank.
This year, in an effort to provide more to the community and our families, the garden was expanded, blackberry patches were removed, and a team is doing its best to make the garden flourish. Less than a year after our first donation, we have already donated 308 pounds of young squash, kale, onions, potatoes and leeks to not only the Dallas and Ella Curran food banks, but also to the Marion Polk Food Share, who can distribute them throughout the region. Amy harvests several times a week if not daily to ensure that we are getting each vegetable or fruit in its prime.
We have barely even begun. There are hundreds of broccoli plants that will be ready to harvest in the next two weeks. Row upon row of tomatoes, melons, peppers, corn, cucumbers and pumpkins will be ready to greet us before the end of summer. A perennial bed of strawberries and several rows of blueberries and raspberries have been established for the coming years. Seeds have been started for fall crops and wait in the greenhouse. Today, another 300 pounds of produce was harvested and awaits delivery to the stomachs of our team and our community.