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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Lake Cares breaks ground on community garden in Tavares

Officials get to work during the groundbreaking of Victory Garden in Tavares. // Photo provided by Lake County

Lake Cares recently broke ground on a garden that will provide the community with both produce and education.

Lake County commissioners joined representatives from the Lake Cares Food Pantry for the groundbreaking of the Victory Garden at Faith Christian Fellowship on Dora Avenue in Tavares. The garden is a cooperative partnership made possible with the help of a human services grant, according to the Lake Cares website. The organization provides food and other necessary items directly to the people who need assistance in Lake County.

Victory Garden is designed to strengthen the community by providing fresh produce as well as education in nutrition and environmental sustainability, and training in micro-enterprise. The produce grown in Victory Garden primarily will be used through the Lake Cares Food Pantry’s distribution channels throughout its five Lake County locations, including its headquarters at 2001 W. Old Highway 441, Suite 1, Mount Dora. A small portion of the produce will be sold at the YMCA market and other selected retail locations to help the project be self-sustainable for years to come, the website states.

Victory Garden rendering. //

Victory Garden has a variety of donor levels for interested individuals, organizations, and corporations to help end hunger in Lake County: Composter, $1-$999; Tiller, $1,000-$4,999; Planter, $5,000-$9,999; Cultivator, $10,000-$14,999; and Harvester, $15,000-plus. Volunteering or hosting a fundraising event are other ways to contribute to the project. For more information or to donate, go to