Jul 9, 2013 6:57 PM by Judy Slate

MSU Towne's Harvest Garden offering lower prices to seniors

BOZEMAN - You may not know it, but there's a huge garden in the middle of Bozeman, the farmers are Montana State University students.

MSU's Towne's Harvest Garden helps many people, including seniors, put locally grown, organic food on their tables.

The program is run by Chaz Holt who teachers MSU students how to grow a community garden. The garden is certified organic and takes up three acres. Gardeners grow 60 kinds of fruits and vegetables.

"We have to be the business person. We have to be the marketer, the distributor, the washer, packer and sales person," Holt explained.

To learn these skills, students run a food stand and manage garden subscriptions.

Graduate student Marcy Gaston runs the community food truck that sells the produce to seniors at a reduced price.

"It helps bridge the gap between farmer and the consumer," she said. "Also improves access to healthier food for seniors."

The community food truck begins visiting local senior centers next week to sell produce.

This year, the Food Truck will kick off the season on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Three Rivers Senior Citizens Club, 19 East Cedar in Three Forks from 12:30 to 2 pm. Later that day, the truck will move to the Gallatin Gateway Community Center and will be open from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Stops at the Belgrade Senior Center and Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman are planned for the following week on Tuesday, July 23 (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Belgrade Senior Center and 3 to 4 p.m. at Hyalite Elementary School). The schedule will alternate between the locations until September 24, 2013. Towne's Harvest will sell produce at affordable prices to older adults in all communities. Proceeds from the farm stand go to the continued operation of the program and to Towne's Harvest Garden.


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