IE: Boyne Valley community greenhouses helping to feed the hungry

One Boyne City nonprofit is working to put more healthy options on the dinner table. After working in a food pantry for ten years, Ruth Milks realized there was a big need for fresh produce in her community.

Instead of looking for help, Milks and her husband, Mike, decided to create their own solution to the problem. “It all evolved from that, when she left [the food pantry], she said, ‘well why don’t we just strike out on our own and we’ll get it done?’” said Mike Milks. “We got some donations from the community to help, and we just went for it.”

After starting construction back in 2019, the Boyne Valley Community Greenhouses quickly grew. Now, they have two working greenhouses, staying heated and growing all kinds of produce year-round.

“We have asparagus, we have squash, we have watermelon, we have pretty much everything you can imagine,” said Ruth Milks.

Everything is harvested by the two of them and donated to food pantries, senior centers, and veteran programs in need. Feedback from the community has been nothing but positive.


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