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Port Chester Health Project Unveils Plan For Community Garden

Port Chester residents show off their potted peppers in a recent workshop promoting community gardens.
Port Chester residents show off their potted peppers in a recent workshop promoting community gardens. Photo Credit: Contributed

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- In an ongoing effort to help provide residents access to fresh, nutritious, and affordable food, the Port Chester Community Health Project recently unveiled plans for community garden located at the Weber Drive development of the Port Chester Housing Authority (PCHA).

Groundbreaking is expected to take place in Spring 2016, with the building of a 22-bed, resident run community garden.

Bob Vyskocil, executive director at PCHA, expressed his excitement with the healthy initiative, describing how “it’s great there is a real effort to provide our Weber Drive and PCHA tenants with this opportunity to participate in a fun, healthy and educational activity that will help to better our community and provide access to affordable, sustainable and nutritious food. At the same time our residents will gain an increased sense of pride and ownership from their efforts.”

The Port Chester Community Health Project is an initiative of Healthier Port Chester, and aims to create an community awareness around healthy living, and prompts residents take responsibility for their own well-being. It also envisions residents having access to comprehensive health care, nutritious and affordable food and safe places for active recreation and socializing.

The Port Chester Community Health Project, an initiative of Port Chester Cares' Healthier Port Chester, has received numerous charitable contributions for the garden project, but is still seeking additional assistance, says Alex Payan, the coordinator of Port Chester Cares. "We are asking all community members to make a pledge to donate $20, $50, $100 or more to this great cause.” he said.

For more information or to donate or volunteer, contact Port Chester Cares Coordinator Alex Payan at 914-255-4856 or apayan@fsw.org

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