Juniors Reap Bountiful Harvest from Summer Food Garden

Junior Josie Heppelmann and scenes from the summer food garden.

Junior Josie Heppelmann and scenes from the summer food garden.

Juniors Josie Heppelmann, Erin Flynn, and Meghan McCarthy have reported back on their successful end-of-school year project: a summer food garden to benefit the Chester County Food Bank. (Read about the garden’s beginning here.)

“Our garden is fantastic,” said Heppelamnn. “We’ve had four fruitful harvests of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and green beans this summer. We’ve been dropping all of the food off directly to the Church of the Good Samaritan, the closest outpost of the Chester County Food Bank.”

The garden is modeled on a similar project at Immaculata University. The VMA Alumnae Association provided $250 in start-up funds for the girls, which they used to purchase soil and mesh fencing to keep out deer.

The girls plan to continue harvesting as long as possible. “The garden is thriving,” Heppelmann said. “We expect to be able to double our donations before the season is over.”