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Growing their own food, community farmers cope with social distancing

Posted at 10:20 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 01:20:05-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — One plot to a family.

"We have 76 garden plots for families in the community," Raye Winch said.

Winch helps manage Las Milpitas Community Farm for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

"We prioritize families who are low income and people who live within three miles of the farm."

'Las Milpitas' has been an important resource for those families for food and as long as they keep their distance from each other they can continue to farm.

The idea is simple: you tend to your own garden, you harvest your own food and as is the case with David Encinas, you take it home and you feed your family.

"It was just an empty square and seen it thrive and provide food and comfort and relaxation," Encinas said.

He told KGUN9 he doesn't have to go a grocery store.

"I have some carrots, we're growing tomatoes right now, we have a lot of cilantro, onions, we have some calendera, i know i'm looking forward to my watermelons," he said.

"It's for me, my grandmother and my mother."

Growing his family's food keeps them from any risk of infection in public.

"It's kind of preventing them from going to the store."

Click here to visit Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's YouTube page.

If you'd like to donate to the food bank, click here.