Le Grand HS students to sell produce from community garden at farmers market

Le Grand High School students who have worked at the Le Grand Community Garden will begin selling produce and other items at the weekly Le Grand Farmers Market.

Under the direction of Le Grand High School teacher Monica Bianchi and her local committee, part of the garden features artichokes, sunflowers, several varieties of cucumbers, chilis, gourds, Mandarin orange trees, green beans and three types of berries.

The Le Grand garden is supported by a grant from The California Endowment as part of the Building Healthy Communities effort. The land was donated from the Bible Christian Church of Le Grand.

While a smaller section is being used by the high school and the young people, the rest of the garden is ready to be developed and planted by resident farmers. The goal of the community garden is for Le Grand residents to plant and maintain a 200-foot-long row (or share a row with another family) to grow fruits and vegetables for their families or to sell at the Le Grand Farmers Market.

For the first year, this will be free for local families. Those who are interested in being a part of the garden should contact Monica Bianchi at (209) 406-4266 or email her at earth2monica@hotmail.com.

Building Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion plan of The California Endowment. In connection with staff-led, statewide policy initiatives, 14 communities, including Southwest Merced/East Merced County, are taking action to make where they live healthier.

The endowment also has given a grant to the Sun-Star for a health care reporter.

--Sun-Star Staff