“Gardening is a time-tested way not only to grow a bunch of fresh veggies but also to cultivate sense of community and for you to put down roots. Tending to your tomotaoes is relaxing and meditative. It brings people in a local neighborhood together and fosters their development of community spirit.” -The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking.
Energizing our lives with a variety of delicious wholesome foods.
Community Garden Party
CCOTM’s Community Garden Party truly fosters a sense of community as we learn about gardening and caring for our health. The Party is held the Saturday before Mother’s Day at the Prineville Presbyterian Church from 10 am to 2 pm. It’s FREE and fun!
In 2023, we had 20 booths with a variety of fun activities. With free veggie starts, gardening tips, Master Gardeners learning station,composting, Yoga/Movement sessions and kids activities like Plant a “Salad Bowl”, Storytime in the Garden, Kids Zone Outdoor Games, Henna tattoos and A bike that powered a smoothie maker there was something for everyone in your family!
Lots of information is shared to help you grow your own fresh produce. Don’t have space for your own garden? Come by and learn how to utiltize our local community gardens!
It’s a great way to spend the day with Mom and the whole family!
As you plan your garden, don’t forget to plant an extra row to share with neighbors. See more about our Share The Bounty efforts below.
Share The Bounty
What is Share The Bounty? It is a community exchange of bounty from local gardens and sharing fresh produce with our friends. This is a great way to reduce food waste from your garden and share it with others in the community.
If you have excess produce, you can share at the following locations working to help those that are food insecure:
- Soroptimist Senior Center from Mon-Thurs from 8am to 2pm;
- St Vincent de Paul from Mon-Thurs at 8am to noon;
- Craig’s Compassionate Cafe from Mon-Wed 9am to noon
- First Baptist Church on the last two Mondays of the month at 11:30 am.
Also, watch for our Share The Bounty Table at summer events like Picnic in the Park as we share fresh fruit and veggies with attendees. Any gardener can bring clean fresh excess produce from their garden to share with others and even take home a different vegetable that didn’t produce well for you. If your not a gardener, feel free to share in other’s bountiful gardens by taking fresh produce home to enjoy. That’s right…anyone an take advantage of this opportunity to try fresh locally grown produce – for free!
So be sure to sow an extra row in your garden and join the “Share The Bounty” effort!
These efforts were made possible with an initial grant from Oregon Food Bank’s F.E.A.S.T program and currently with collaborations from several of our partnering organizations.
Our Favorite Recipes
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is an important element in improving you health, and its easy! Our group has farmers, gardeners, and people who love cooking. And who doesn’t love sharing meals with family and friends? Enjoy some of our favorite recipes we’ve specially selected just for you on Our Favorite Recipes Page.
Eating colorful veggies and fruits, fresh baked whole grains breads and other healthy foods nourish our body and increase our immune system’s response to viruses. How does food make us feel better when we eat better? How does our brain respond to our stomach? Jess Walsh CNM at St Charles Women’s Health explains how simple changes in our food choices can improve the way we feel!
Our Partners in locally-sourced, healthy food
High Desert Food and Farm Alliance lists locally sourced foods on their website. Many of these are in the Prineville/Crook County area.
HDFFA Cooking County and Nutrition Library
During the summer our local farms offer an agri-tourism event called Crooked River Open Pastures (C.R.O.P.).
Food Hero provides great resources for eating healthy, stay-at-home gardening and educational tools to learn about nutritional benefits of the food we eat, including children’s activities!