This past Sunday we spent the day harvesting food for the State College Food Bank!
After the craziness that is Penn State football tailgating, it was very relaxing to spend Sunday a few miles away from campus especially in perfectly sunny fall weather. The Food Bank Farm is owned by Bill and Joan Zimmer, a retired couple, who compassionately donate their time and money towards harvesting for Centre County residents who are in need.
Bill Zimmer worked during most of his life for Merrill Lynch and never gardened much- except when his mother would make him. After asking Joan Zimmer about their decision to start the farm, she joked that Bill's mother is probably "laughing in heaven" because when he was young, she would not let him go out on a date unless he helped her in the garden first. Nowadays he looks forward to planting and harvesting daily with his lovely wife.
At the end of the day we had harvested pumpkins, broccoli, corn, potatoes, and apples- all to be donated so that people of Centre County who are living on food stamps can have more of a variety of options. The Food Bank Farm's donations are very important to local food banks because fresh produce is quickly perishable.
Ciara Hovis, treasurer of Environmental Brigades, has volunteered with the Zimmer's since this past spring and continues to look forward to opportunities when she can help on the farm:
"Bill and Joan are two of the sweetest people I've ever met, they always welcome us with hugs and are very generous. One of the best parts about working on the farm is getting to play with their cat, Foxy, who I'm convinced is part dog because of how friendly she is."
It was nice to see Global Brigades work together in a collaborative effort for a local food initiative. " - Joseph Clark
Come out and help on the farm! Contact Emily Newman at email@example.com!
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My name is Alana Mazzei and I'm the Webmaster for the Campus Council Eboard! I am assisted by Joseph Clark who also is the Social/PR chairperson of Medical/Dental, and the GB photographer, Harvey Li. We would love to hear about your experiences with Global Brigades at Penn State!