A green resource center is opening its space to the Montgomery County community. Its ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday, headed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). The center is in Norristown Farm Park and will continue to support various organizations with its fresh produce, writes Marilyn Johnson for Newsbreak.
The space so far has shared more than 6,000 pounds of produce to communities in Norristown and Pottstown.
It’s a widespread need, even in an affluent locale like Montgomery County. Seven percent of residents face food insecurity, affecting 58,000 people. This kind of service is crucial, especially since the onset of COVID-19 and an imminent recession.
“In its first year of operation, the PHS Green Resource Center at Farm Park has made tremendous progress in distributing locally grown organic produce to people in our region who need it most,” said Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.
Several events are already on the docket for PHS. The green space plans to host field trips for students, as well as farm education and “work and learn” days. These latter sessions enable volunteers to learn everything about gardening.
The PHS Green Resource Center has also donated produce and seeds to ICNA Relief, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Karabots Primary Care Center, Creative Health Services, YWCA Tri-County area, and various community gardens.
Read more about the green resource center at Norristown Farm Park at Newsbreak.