Coppell Community Garden Program Achieves Historic Milestone

As of the end of October, 2021, the Coppell Community Garden Program surpassed a cumulative total of 300,000 pounds of donations of fresh, organic vegetables to the Metrocrest Services food pantry in Carrollton, Texas. The volunteer program was begun in 1998 and now has three gardens in Coppell.

The program began with gardens next to the Coppell Town Center and the Coppell Post Office. The program surpassed 100,000 pounds of donations in 2009 in its eleventh year.

The program surpassed 200,000 pounds of donations in 2017. The third garden in the program, next to the Coppell Senior and Community Center, began contributing to the total in 2017.

The year 2019 was marked by the addition of a greenhouse and rollout of a standard plot planting plan that leveraged the capacity of the greenhouse to provide season-appropriate transplants year-round. In 2019 a cumulative donation of 250,000 pounds was surpassed.

As did everyone, the program faced challenges in 2020. However, with the combination of a full year of contributions from the greenhouse and more widespread use of the standard planting plan, a 30% year over year increase in production was achieved.

With two months to go, this year will break last year’s all-time record for donations. The only question at this point is by how much?

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