Mission Norman helps many people with food, but not all of it is very fresh. A lot of the food is canned or filled with preservatives. By growing its own food, Mission Norman can provide much more fresh produce.
“Getting fresh food is really important,” said Bruce Brown, Mission Norman’s head gardener. “It is especially important for children.”
Bruce Brown is very active in working in the garden and is eager to let anyone join him. Regular gardening hours are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Bruce was a chef before he retired and knows all about food and how to make it taste good and its nutrition.
Mission Norman's Community Garden recently partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its program Urban Harvest. The Urban Harvest helps organizations or individuals start a garden in their community to provide fresh food. Its services include education, seeds, plants, tools, equipment, compost, straw, volunteers, and connection with other community gardens and gardeners. Urban Harvest aids Mission Norman with education, seeds, some equipment and connects it with other gardens.