Stone Soup Garden: harvesting vegetables... and compassion

Published: Sep. 5, 2020 at 4:31 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Rain and cold didn’t stop around 20 masked volunteers from helping to harvest The Stone Soup Community Garden Saturday afternoon.

Even in light rain and chilly temperatures, determined helping hands pulled peas, dug potatoes, weeded the beds and picked carrots.

Food harvested Saturday will go to serve the Bread Line, a non-profit that runs a small café serving free breakfast and bagged lunches to those at-risk in the community.

The Breadline usually serves around 25,000 meals each year. Much of the food harvested Saturday will be used right away or processed into canned food.

The Stone Soup Community Garden Manager, Sean Enfield, said they did have someone help themselves to some of the produce in the garden earlier this week, but he remains positive the Breadline will still have enough food.

“The garden is for feeding people and I know this summer has been a slow summer and not a lot of gardens have produced,” Enfield said. “I think whatever was taken probably needed to be eaten and will be eaten and that’s okay.”

It’s compassion like this that demonstrates the mission of the Bread Line: feeding people and affirming the lives of Fairbanks’ most vulnerable neighbors.

Enfield said since the onset of the coronavirus many of those they serve have had trouble finding enough food.

“We feed homeless and hungry and at risk populations that don’t have access necessarily to the grocery stores and things like that. With COVID it’s a lot harder for them to find meals sometimes so we have been doing double the service that we normally do,” Enfield explained. “So all this food will get used, probably relatively quickly.”

Enfield says they are in need of volunteers to help process some of the harvest and to help serve breakfasts and sack lunches in the morning.

To find out more information on volunteering you can call the Bread Line at (907) 452-1974 or contact them through their website at

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