Jefferson: Volunteer teens who garden for food bank to throw in the trowel

PORT HADLOCK — For the last year and a half, Sheffield and Sebastian Edgerton have spent hundreds of hours digging, planting, weeding and watering in a garden that’s not even theirs.

Now they’re throwing in the trowel.

Sheffield, who turns 17 this week, and Sebastian, 15, are the two Chimacum teenagers who dug in to help hungry families by planting a vegetable garden at the former Swan Farms on Rhody Drive.

Since breaking ground in the spring of 2002, the brothers have donated bushels of beans and broccoli, cucumbers and cauliflower, lettuce, peas. lettuce and squash to the Tri-Area Food Bank.

“It was our idea,” Sebastian says.

“When we started out as volunteers at the food bank we saw they didn’t have a lot of greens.”

Now the brothers are going in different directions. Sheffield, who plans to go to sea, works four days a week as an apprentice sail maker. Sebastian remains rooted to the land.

A former apprentice with the Abundant Seed Foundation, he grew 18 varieties of melon this summer as an agricultural experiment and plans to work at Old Tarboo Farm next year.

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The rest of the story appear in Monday’s Peninsula Daily News.

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