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Community Carrot Projects brings volunteers together during times of isolation

Posted at 6:58 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 20:58:46-04

BOZEMAN — Even the smallest efforts can lead to lasting effects. In this case, one carrot led to another, which led to ten to fifteen thousand pounds of carrots donated to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

“So, today with the Community Carrot Project, volunteers are harvesting carrots for us. So, we are using a tractor to till the carrots up and then volunteers are walking behind them and pulling the carrots out of the ground and chopping off the tops, and then we’re filling pallet boxes full of carrots!” exclaimed Lyra Leigh-Nedbor with the food bank.

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And volunteers showed up as young as 7 years old.

“Well Bryce had the day off from school today, and I saw it post online and thought it would be a good thing to do and good to get Bryce understanding what volunteering does and how it benefits the community and people in need,” said volunteer Ashley Bashkirew.

Even MSU students showed up ready to cultivate some carrots.

“I feel like it’s a small thing for us to do. But I think that just a couple of hours from each and every one of us can go a long way, hopefully. So, that’s what we’re trying to do,” explained Ty Godfrey, who volunteered with three of his classmates.

The service project is organized through the Gallatin Valley Botanical and distributes the carrots to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, local schools, and other local food programs.

More volunteer opportunities are available Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20 and the 21st.

To receive any of the carrots or any of the food the food bank offers, all you have to do is show up during normal distribution hours.

For shift times, or to sign up to volunteer, visit here.