PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A farm in West Chester is displaying how a lot good may be executed on just a bit land.
Most of Pete Flynn’s peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and extra are destined for the cabinets of Pete’s Produce Farm, his bustling West Chester market. However not all.
“There’s a want on this county,” Pete stated, so a part of his farmland is rising greens particularly for the Chester County Meals Financial institution.
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“We’re the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania, and it’s arduous to consider that there are people who want meals,” Pete stated.
Since 1996, Pete has put aside a part of his farmland solely for starvation outreach in Chester County. This yr, it’s three acres out of 200.
Meals financial institution government director Larry Welsch says this type of farming is strictly what the meals financial institution wanted.
“There wasn’t a lot entry to recent produce,” Larry stated. “Meals banks have all the time been recognized type of because the area of canned corn and peanut butter.”
Larry estimates Pete is supplying 70,000 kilos of meals a yr. Tons of of volunteers assist harvest.
“Recent greens is actually what this meals financial institution needed to give attention to once we got here into being, and that’s what Pete was capable of present for us,” Larry stated.
Pete says he has one other motive: saving Chester County farmland.
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“I need to present individuals what two acres or a constructing lot can produce aside from a home,” Pete stated.
Typically within the retailer, Pete will get a thanks from somebody who acquired his produce.
“I imply, that’s why we do that,” Pete stated.
For those who’re concerned with discovering out extra concerning the Chester County Meals Financial institution, test it out right here.