Denise Ford - June 2015
Denise Ford started visiting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) Demonstration Garden in June 2013 when she heard about the free gardening classes. The garden offers at least two classes each week for eight months a year that focus on various gardening and cooking topics. Attendees receive plant seedlings, compost, containers and fresh produce to help jumpstart their own gardening and healthy eating.
Denise obviously liked her first class because she attended 46 more in the next few years!
When asked why she likes SFBFS’ Demonstration Garden Denise said, “I come to classes for the education and the fellowship of my classmates. I didn’t know what a lot of the veggies in the store were before, but the classes have helped me learn.”
Denise’s favorite class was a solar cooking workshop where she made her own solar cooker to try out at home. She has always been interested in growing some of her own vegetables and eating healthier but this became even more important when she was diagnosed with cancer. Even while going through chemotherapy Denise would still drop by to say hello and attend an occasional class. Denise will be one year cancer-free in September and is increasingly interested in incorporating more fresh vegetables into her diet.
Denise laughed as she recounted, “I want to know what vitamins are in each vegetable since I never learned growing up, the only thing people would say is ‘Drink your milk!’”
The Demonstration Garden has provided Denise a place to relax, enjoy the company of others and learn more about gardening and cooking, which she is wholeheartedly pursuing!
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