Seeding Galveston

Several beds are designated for volunteers and were tended by UTMB students from several health profession schools.

In keeping with our service theme this month, I would like to introduce you to another nonprofit service organization, Seeding Galveston. Their mission is to make fresh, island grown produce available to anyone on the island. An outgrowth of Deborah’s Community Garden and the urban farming movement, Debbie Berger and John Sessions have been planting, harvesting, distributing, and managing community gardens in Galveston for several years.

Last year, they garnered a President’s Cabinet Award from the University of Texas Medical Branch for their vision of collaborating with UTMB students and the community to make healthy, fresh produce more widely available in Galveston. They reach out, especially to those who are poor, ill with diabetes or other chronic disease, or living in “food deserts,” areas where local merchants do not stock fresh foods. Their mission includes reaching out for anyone for whom fresh, locally grown vegetables (or any vegetables) are not easily available or affordable. They deliver a generous supply of vegetables to your door weekly or bimonthly for a nominal fee.

Dr. Victor S. Sierpina is the WD and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor of Integrative Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine at UTMB.

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