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Dear Editor: Now that the community gardens have been tucked in for the winter, we would like to thank the Evjue Foundation for generously supporting Community GroundWorks. Evjue assists Community GroundWorks in providing resources and support to some 200 families tending over 300 vegetable plots at Troy Gardens on Madison’s north side. Community gardeners use the land to grow food for their families, which positively impacts their household food security while providing a fun and healthy environment for diverse communities to share gardening knowledge and ideas.

One of the highlights this season was the Community Gardener Cultural Exchange program held during our annual Savor the Summer Festival. Led by gardeners, the Savor the Summer Festival brings the community together for fellowship and hosts a celebratory meal using produce grown by community gardeners. This year, Hmong, Laotian and Cambodian gardeners shared their customs and culinary skills through cooking demonstrations and tastings. Made possible with support from Evjue, this cross-cultural exploration allowed the community to enjoy local food with far-reaching tradition. For this we are thankful.

Kate Sullivan

associate director and Troy Community Gardener

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