Island Harvest restarts planting at farm after suspending operations last year

Island Harvest Food Bank is once again planting at the farm it uses to supply its food bank after suspending farming operations last year due to the pandemic.
The food bank is leasing two acres of land from the Sisters of Saint Joseph's to grow organic produce for Long Islanders who are struggling.
"We know this bountiful crop is going to make a huge difference for so many people in our community," said Randi Shubin Dresner, from Island Harvest.
The Sisters of Saint Joseph have dedicated their 200 acres to sustainability, preservation, solar power and farming.
"There was a lot of land that wasn't being used. We were growing grass instead of tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants and we knew it needed to be used for a better purpose," said Sister Karen Burke.
From their two-acre farm Island Harvest says they expect to get 20,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetable for those who needed it the most.
"We will be doing melons, squash, tomatoes, kale, chard, cabbage, eggplant, strawberries - anything you can imagine, all sorts of fresh produce," said Island Harvest Farm Manager Cassidy Kirch.
Along with growing food for Long Islanders, Island Harvest plans on using the Healthy Harvest farm to teach families farming techniques.
You can volunteer at Island Harvest's Healthy Harvest Farm and also learn about the eco-mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph's by clicking here.