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ECI Heritage Gardens: Organic, locally grown food for the community.

The Ecological Culture Initiative is proud to offer fresh, organic, locally grown vegetables to the St. Rosalie’s Church Community Food Pantry in Hampton Bays. We are growing heirloom variety produce in the ECI Heritage Gardens located at the St. Joseph Villa in Hampton Bays, and providing hhealthy, fresh food to commuinity members in need.

The ECI Heritage Gardens space is currently 60’ x 120’, and contains 6 hugelkultur beds made by our Organic Gardening students and volunteers. This past week we made a delivery of potatoes, onions, and garlic to the St. Rosalie’s Church’s Community Food Pantry in Hampton Bays. “The need for fresh food was evident as it was realized that this is a very active food pantry”, said ECI’s Agro-Ecology Director Rachel Stephens.

“Our desire is to offer healthy choices, and ECI’s donation of organic produce grown right at St. Jospeh’s Villa in Hampton Bays is exactly what we are all about…healthy food and healthy community”, said Catherine Andrejack, Director of Parish Social Ministry at the Church of St. Rosalie.

Rachel Stephens noted “In the next growing season, with the help of scout troops and other volunteers, we will build wood-sided raised beds in order to increase the amount of produce grown. We plan to grow high yielding varieties such as plum tomatoes, beans, hot peppers, and a large variety of greens.”

The ECI Heritage Gardens provides an opportunity for community members to volunteer and learn how to grow their own food, which they could then use to start their own garden at home. Community service hours are available as well.

The Ecological Culture Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization • donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law • learn more at eciny.org 

Ecological Culture Initiative • Hampton Bays NY • 631.335.9137 • eciny.org  

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