From Backyard Garden to Bountiful, Nourishing Produce for the Needy
Back in 2008, Joel Bray shared the extra produce grown in his backyard with the needy. The more he gave away, the greater the desire to grow more for him to share. In 2010, Joel moved from his 2 acre backyard garden to a 10 acre parcel of land and one year later expanded to 20 acres.
Those 20 acres, known as Shining Light Garden, have produced more than 17,000 Bushels of fresh produce. Joel and his 30 volunteers plant the seeds, transplant, fertilize and water the plants, and eventually harvest, wash, and distribute the crops to food pantries, homeless shelters, and many other food assistance programs in Indian River County.
100% Volunteer, 100% Given Away
Shining Light Garden is run by volunteers, with Joel serving as farmer, manager, and organizer. It’s an amazing sight to see the sheer volume and variety of produce at Shining Light Garden ---- beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, kale, lettuces, mustard greens, okra, onions, peanuts, peas, peepers, potatoes, rutabagas, swiss chard, tomatoes, squash and herbs.
100% of the harvest is given away to the needy.
There’s even a Flower Garden that serves as a cutting garden for VNA Hospice House patients.
Ways You Can Get Involved with Shining Light Garden Foundation
For a tour of Shining Light Garden, and/or to volunteer, please call Joel Bray at (772) 539-3752