The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program has added a second WIC Community Garden at its Northeast office located at 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission, Kan.
The garden’s kickoff planting event took place on Friday, when more than 15 volunteers from Johnson County Government and community members planted tomatoes, peppers, herbs, green beans and cucumbers in the garden’s three 4-by-8 foot raised beds. A Facebook photo album is available here.
The mission of the Johnson County WIC Community Garden is to educate, empower and feed clients in the Kansas Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program. The addition of a community garden in Mission further supports the commitment of Johnson County Government to improving access to healthy foods in our community. “Many families on WIC cannot afford fresh produce every week,” says Laura Drake, WIC program manager. “Having a garden at each location helps fill that gap and provides an educational experience at both locations.”
For the last three years the WIC Garden, located in Olathe, has produced thousands of pounds of food, all of which was distribute to hundreds of families in the WIC program. In 2015, 3,200 pounds of produce were distributed to WIC clients. More information is available here.