You can see Glensheen’s mission, “Inspire by Preserving and Sharing the Legacy” in action during the summer months at 3300 London Road in Duluth. Lush gardens are being tended by gifted gardeners, resulting in tons (literally!) of food for local food shelves. This donation is both cutting edge and a nod to the past. Shaye Moris, executive director of the Northern Lakes Food Bank gratefully acknowledges that, “places like CHUM, Salvation Army, Vineyard Food Shelf, Union Gospel Mission and others will be able to feed many due to your [Glensheen’s gardens] support.”
This past fall, Heather Murphy, food resource developer for the Northern Lakes Food Bank, wrote a thank you note to Roger Johnson, the Glensheen gardener stating: “Last month you donated a total of 730 lbs, which is the equivalent of 584 meals for people living with hunger”.
The food is grown in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension office and area garden clubs and is fresh, cutting edge produce. The U of M Extension office and UMD’s Facilities Management team utilizes Glensheen’s location on the shores of Lake Superior to see what grows in our chilly Zone 3. They also grow new, nutrient-rich food like Purple Haze Carrots that are rich in anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that also gives blueberries and red grapes their color.
Crops of perfect, fresh produce are donated to local food shelves. It’s a unique donation. “Families are able to partake in more healthy means because of the food that is donated through your program,” said the director of a local food shelf.
This continues the Congdons’ legacy of generosity and innovation that began more than a century ago.