January Dime in Time: Community Action Center Food Bank Garden Program

By Joe Astorino, Community Action Center Crop Manager

It's that time of year when gardeners begin looking at seed catalogues again. Why not match some new cooking skills and recipes with those dreams of spring groundbreaking? Community Action Center's Food Bank Garden is doing just that starting this month.

To fulfill our mission of education and cultivation, and with support from the Moscow Food Co-Op's Dime in Time Program, the garden program at the food bank is hosting free once-a-month cooking and gardening workshops. We plan on holding workshops during several food distribution days, demonstrating skills such as how to make your own salad dressings while also creating a space where recipes can be created and shared by members of our community.

Last year, we had great success teaching children about seeds, compost, and health, and now we are ready to start it all again! When the season ended, we gathered up items to make fall smoothies to celebrate a great round of playing in the garden. The children loved measuring out the ingredients and tasting the cranberries and apples. They were a little hesitant about putting "lettuce" (fresh spinach from the garden) in the blender, but were convinced by the taste test at the end!

It was the fun and excitement from this cooking experience that will carry us all into a new year and a new chance to learn skills and build community food security together!


Through our Dime in Time program customers are given a 10-cent refund every time they bring in a reusable tote bag or drink cup. Cashiers will ask these customers if they would like to keep their refund or donate it to Dime in Time. A committee made up of Co-op staff, community members, and Co-op participating owners choose one recipient for each month's Dime in Time donations.

This program seeks to benefit, non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-discriminatory organizations whose goals complement or support the Mission of the Co-op.