Johnson County Government is committed to improving the health of all Johnson County residents by improving access to healthy foods in the community. A partnership with Access to Healthy Foods Coalition and the Giving Grove was formed in 2012 to pursue opportunities to grow micro orchards on County property. As part of this initiative, employees, clients and residents took part in planting thirty-three trees including apples, pears, and peaches at the WIC Community Garden in Olathe and the Adult Residential Center in Gardner on October 23 and 24. The trees are estimated to produce fruit in three years.
The fruit harvested will be donated to local food pantries in Johnson County and to Safe Home. Residents of ARC and WIC volunteers will not only have access to freshly harvested produce, but will also learn skills to grow vegetables and fruit trees in their own gardens and feed their families for years to come.
The Giving Grove is a program of the Kansas City Community Garden, a non-profit organization that provides self-help and educational assistance to low-income people, children and community groups in the KC metropolitan area to grow their own food.
The day is also a part of National Food Day (Oct. 24), a celebration of healthy, sustainable, and affordable food.