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Somers Historical Society and Library Team Up to Grow Produce for St. Luke's Food Pantry

Children's librarian Vicki DiSanto plants herbs in the garden at the Wright-Reis Homestead. Photo credit: Somers Seed Lending Library/Facebook.
Children's librarian Vicki DiSanto plants herbs in the garden at the Wright-Reis Homestead. Photo credit: Somers Seed Lending Library/Facebook.
The Town of Somers announced recently that the Somers Historical Society and the Somers Library Seed Lending Library are working with local businesses to create a garden at the Wright Reis Homestead to supply produce to St. Luke's Food Pantry.

The volunteer gardeners will harvest herbs, produce and flowers that will be donated to the St. Luke's Church Food Pantry. Heirloom seeds donated by Somers Seed Lending Library, as well as heirloom plants donated by Katonah Nursery will be cultivated by volunteers at the Wright Reis Homestead.

According to the Town of Somers, the 84-acre farm was bequest to the Town of Somers in the late 1960's. The Somers Historical Society and Town of Somers Historic Properties Board maintain the property's farmhouse and outbuildings, the homestead and the Wright family's collections. Mr. Charles Wright was one of the first vestrymen of St. Luke's Church and the first lion tamer in America.  The Town and Society felt the property was the best place for the garden considering the family's strong roots to the community, according to the Somers Historical Society.

Gardeners will meet Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. at the Wright Reis Homestead on Route 139 (Primrose Street) just north of Reis Park. All are welcome to participate in this initiative.

For more information contact the Somers Library Seed Lending Library at (914) 232-5717 or email vherman@wlsmail.org. Interested gardeners may also contact the Somers Historical Society at (914) 277-4977 or by emailing somershistoricalsoc@yahoo.com.

St. Luke's Food Pantry is open on Fridays from 2:00-6:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

For more information about Katonah Nursery, click here.

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