Thankful for WIC Garden Volunteers
Johnson County’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services to more than 4,000 area families who qualify. The program, which is funded by USDA and administered locally by Johnson County Dept. of Health and Environment, serves pregnant women, new moms, and kids under age 5.
The WIC garden ”in bloom” providing much needed green space on the Johnson County Government - Olathe Sunset Campus
Through its partnership with K-State Research and Extension and support from regular community volunteers, Johnson County is one of the few WIC programs nationally with its own diversified production garden. Established in May 2013 the Johnson County WIC Community Garden and Orchard is located on a ¼ acre green space conveniently situated between the Health Department and Extension Offices in Olathe. With technical assistant from K-State, county employees, community members and WIC recipients volunteer their time weekly (every Tuesday morning) to seed, hoe, prune, stake, mulch, harvest and more depending on the season.