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Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (September 12, 2010) – Fields to Families, an organization dedicated to helping increase nutrition to the area hungry by coordinating the distribution of fresh produce, expanded its operations this year to include a garden, with 100 percent of the produce going to feed the hungry.

“We are so grateful to our community partners and volunteers, not only for their financial support, but also their caring and concern for the most needy in our community,” said Phyllis Ford, chairperson of Fields to Families Board of Directors.

The Whole Foods Market Fields to Families Garden, located in Monck’s Corner, will grow even larger on Trident United Way’s Day of Caring – September 14 thanks to volunteers from Santee Cooper.

A dozen employees will work onsite with one group focusing on outfitting the “shedquarters” (where the supplies are housed) with shelving, bins, and hooks. The other team will build six additional beds using a no-till organic gardening method that was employed by the Master Gardeners with the assistance of Clemson Extension to install the garden’s existing beds.

Thanks to the generous support of Harvest Level sponsor Whole Foods Market – Mt. Pleasant, the Junior League, Sisters of Caritas, Blackbaud, Gardener’s Supply Company, and countless volunteers, Fields to Families’ inaugural garden was born in April of this year.

“Whole Foods Market is excited about our partnership with the Fields to Families Garden. Providing healthy, nutritious, locally-grown food to people in need is an important part of building and maintaining a healthy body,” said Pam Fischette, Whole Foods Market’s director of marketing. “We are inspired by the great work that Fields to Families is doing to make fresh produce available to the hungry in our communities.”

The Master Gardeners, Clemson Extension staff, and many other Fields to Families volunteers broke ground this spring by building six raised beds at the Monck’s Corner garden. They used a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Since then, six additional beds have been added, yielding a harvest of squash, okra, eggplant, pepper, tomatoes, beans, and herbs.

An additional workday is planned at the garden on Saturday, September 18, when the Junior League, an organization that selected Fields to Families as a community partner organization this year, will install an additional six beds, bringing the total to 24 beds.

For more information about Fields to Families and to volunteer, visit

www.fieldstofamilies.org.

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Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (January 29, 2009) — Fields to Families will hold “Pounds for Prizes” on Saturday, February 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Earth Fare in West Ashley to raise awareness and gather donations of fresh produce for the area hungry. Shoppers and the community at large will be encouraged to donate fresh produce and in return, will receive an entry into a drawing for prizes that have been donated by local businesses. All produce collected during the event will be made available free of charge to the community through local nonprofits.

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Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (January 13, 2009)Fields to Families announced today that it is holding a poster contest to encourage local Girl Scouts to think about making smart food selections. The theme of the contest, which will run through the end of the month, is “Everybody eats. What did you pick today?”

“The contest was developed to encourage children to start making nutritious eating choices now, setting the tone for a healthy lifestyle,” said Jacki Baer, Fields to Families’ director. “With the plethora of fresh, local produce available in our community, part of our mission is to educate people why nutrition matters, and the best place to start is with children.”

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