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Welcome to the Let’s Get Fresh in the Garden blog! The Shasta County SNAP-Ed team has worked with partners in the community to establish two raised bed mini-farms at different locations. On May 20, we planted a vegetable garden at One SAFE Place in Redding. One SAFE Place provides legal services, safety and emotional support to intimate partners, children, and seniors affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Residents of One SAFE Place have the opportunity to learn how to grow vegetable plants in raised beds and containers, how and when to harvest and what to do with the harvested veggies. This is a great way for residents to learn how to grow their own food and use what they grow! The children who stay there are able to go out to the garden and play in the dirt. Caring for a growing vegetable plant and working as a team to care for a garden teaches valuable lessons while allowing kids to be kids. The harvest grown in the garden is being prepared and consumed by the residents with the abundance being donated to another local shelter.

For many at One SAFE Place, the garden offers a small sense of normalcy and relaxation during a period of great emotional stress. We are very excited to partner with One Safe Place on this project!

The garden at our second location will be planted this fall with seasonal veggies.