ANDERSON, Calif. — It's almost harvest season at the Anderson Community Garden and they could use your help with the process.
Garden Hostess Misty Niles told KRCR’s Tyler Van Dyke that volunteers of all ages are welcome, “we accept volunteers ages 0 to 100, or 101. It's a great homeschool project because you could bring your kids here and do homeschool."
The Anderson Community Garden has been offering free produce to those in the community for over 11 years.
"This garden has been here for 12 years and it's produced over 140,000 lbs. of vegetables," Niles said.
It's also just around the corner from harvest season and Niles said that's where they need the most help.
"Right now, we need volunteers to help with the weeds,” Niles said, “But, by next week, we will be harvesting zucchini because there's zucchini out there and then we have to harvest all this and we really could use some help harvesting because it's a lot."
All of the crops produced are donated to the community.
"They've all been donated to the A.C.C.A Food Bank, our church family, volunteers, senior centers, anybody in need basically," Niles said.
As Niles and the volunteers explained, they grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables in the garden. "We've got potatoes and tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, garlic, eggplant, okra, squash of all kinds, corn, watermelon, flowers, cantaloupe, don't forget the cantaloupe, and we have got four pumpkins here and the mother was a 1,000-pounder, so we're going to try and grow 1,000 lb. pumpkins."
After last year's drought, they have big goals for this year's crop.
"Last year was tough, it was a drought, and last year we did about 8,000 pounds," Niles continued, “we have big plans this year 20,000 lbs. is what we want to grow and harvest this year."
You can find the Anderson Community Garden behind the Anderson Community Church at 2364 Balls Ferry Road in Anderson.
If you want to come out and volunteer they are out bright and early at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
For those interested in volunteering, you can call (530) 440-3745.