OLEAN — A group of Olean residents are enjoying the “fruits of their labor” this summer as they work in two community gardens sponsored by Healthy Families Allegany-Cattaraugus and Rural Revitalization Corporation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the self-reliance of communities to provide for their own food needs. In collaboration, Healthy Families Allegany-Cattaraugus (HFAC) and Rural Revitalization Corporation (RRC) have made it possible for people living in two Olean neighborhoods to raise produce to supplement nutritious food for their families.
Program Supervisor Jasmine Hall said the Healthy Families community garden, located on Reed Street, has 16 raised garden beds with picnic tables for staff to meet with families. She said Rural Revitalization is also involved with a community garden on Green Street.