Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hope of the Harvest, a charitable garden

This is Zach Gihorski, 25, a graduate of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown and the force behind the school's Hope of the Harvest garden - two acres on campus, one acre in process at the school's farm in North Wales. In its first season, 2012, the garden produced 16,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables for food banks in Bucks County. This season, Zach is aiming for double that and in another three years, he's aiming for 100,000 pounds.

Hope of the Harvest, a charitable garden

This is Zach Gihorski, 25, a graduate of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown and the force behind the school's Hope of the Harvest garden - two acres on campus, one acre in process at the school's farm in North Wales. In its first season, 2012, the garden produced 16,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables for food banks in Bucks County. This season, Zach is aiming for double that and in another three years, he's aiming for 100,000 pounds.

The garden's an interesting story, for sure. But so is Zach, who has personal goals, too. He'll be applying this fall for law school, which he hopes will give him the tools to be a lawyer and advocate for farmers. Down the road, he has his eye on a pretty high profile job - U.S. agriculture secretary. "I want to write the Farm Bill," he says.

And why not?

He'll be in the paper's Home & Design section, and on Inquirer.com, on Friday, Aug. 2.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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