The Cedaredge Community Gardens has begun its annual produce donations for the food bank last Thursday. "With four plots dedicated to this program, the garden hopes to double last year's donations," said garden president Dea Jacobson. The garden received a grant to address "food security" in the Surface Creek Valley last fall from the Western Colorado Community Foundation. This grant is enabling the garden to increase the production and donation of organic produce for both its members and the food bank recipients. "Locally grown organic produce is the best choice for healthy eating and can be prohibitively expensive for those on fixed incomes," said Jacobson.

"The late spring held us back a bit, but our crew will continue to provide fresh deliveries every Thursday," said Bruce Predmore, donations manager for the garden. "The garden appreciates the support from the Community Foundation and their recognition of the service we provide."