First Fruits - A Literal Ton!
ECHO donated 2,118.73 pounds of produce to Community Cooperative Ministry International’s Everyday Cafe in 2013.
In this ongoing tithe, ECHO Interns gain experience monitoring produce freshness and harvesting crops at their peak. They also get the benefit of knowing that the crops that they grew are feeding needy populations here in our community. CCMI counts on fresh fruits, vegetables and garnishes to improve the nutritional content of their daily meals. The addition of fresh produce to the meals also helps to encourage recipients to include more fresh produce in their everyday diets.
The idea to donate ECHO produce came out of a desire to make the most impact with the resources that the farm is producing. After the donations are made, the produce is sold at the fruit stand to staff, volunteers and visitors and the Interns harvest from the farm for their own meals.
The donations throughout the year included avocado, bell peppers, broccoli, bunching onion, green and red cabbage, carambola, collards, eggplant, lemons, grapefruit, green beans, hot peppers, mangoes, mustard greens, onions, papaya, sugar snap peas, watermelon radish, sapodillas, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tangerine, tomato and zucchini.
Farm Manager Andy Cotarelo shared, “We donate the first and best of what we have to respect the dignity of the recipients. Our mission, both here and around the world is to reduce hunger and improve lives. We are very humbled that we can contribute in this way for our local community.”
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