Fresh produce for food pantry Denise Smith-Gaborit, head of the culinary arts programs at Triton College, helped plant 17 flats of vegetable seedlings at the Forest Park Community Garden. Photo courtesy Denise Murray.

Call them the Garden Godmothers. Wednesday night, two women arrived at the Forest Park Community Garden with 17 flats of vegetable seedlings and proceeded to get their hands dirty.

They were Denise Smith-Gaborit, head of the culinary arts programs at Triton College, and Denise Murray, — also a chef, adjunct instructor at Triton and coordinator for Live Healthy Forest Park.

The two Chef Denises filled plots with healthy seedlings, raised in the Triton College greenhouse. The plants are part of the “sharing garden” section of the garden.

The two women planted broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, cabbage, roman and cherry tomatoes, beets, collard greens, dill, parsley, basil, butternut squash, eggplant, scallions, onions and zucchini.

 The vegetables will be harvested this fall to bring fresh produce to the Forest Park Food Pantry.

The project was part of a Triton Hospitality program to provide starter seedlings for 11 community gardens to be used for food pantry produce. Smith-Gaborit also dropped off plants at the St. John Church community garden.

“The project will help feed many people and provide fresh foods this season to local food pantries like ours,” said Denise Murray.

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Jean Lotus

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