Huntington Station garden in Long Island brings vets and veggies together
Veteran Robert Bishop of Huntington tends to his vegetables at the Gateway Park Community Garden in Huntington Station on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. The community garden has set aside garden beds for former servicemen and -women to grow their own fresh produce. Photo Credit: Daniel Goodrich
Long Island has the second highest rate of returning veterans in the United States, according to the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island.
By Valerie Bauman
Aug 23, 2016
Pillmeier, 56, is taking advantage of new veterans-only planting beds that opened in June at the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station. The project was established through a collaboration between The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center and the Long Island Community Agriculture Network, both based in Huntington Station.
The network manages the community garden, which has 10 beds tended by veterans. The 20-foot by 5-foot plots can feed a family of four for a year if planted strategically for each season, Forest said. Right now, they are filled with greens, okra, peppers, zucchini and eggplants. The tomato plants have been picked clean as the fruit ripened.