The Live Well Apple Award for healthy initiatives in the communities was given in recognition of the fruit, or veggies, of the labor of a group of volunteers in the Pittsburg community.



Matthew Troth accepted the award Monday on behalf of the volunteers who run the Pittsburg Community Garden.

The Live Well Apple Award for healthy initiatives in the communities was given in recognition of the fruit, or veggies, of the labor of a group of volunteers in the Pittsburg community.

Matthew Troth accepted the award Monday on behalf of the volunteers who run the Pittsburg Community Garden.


“The community garden was started by Chad Titterington, and I got on board shortly after,” Troth said.


The garden began in 2009 and donated 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to Wesley House last season.


It also teaches would-be gardeners in the area about the activity and offers places for people to garden if they don’t have the ability at their own home.


“It’s a place where people who want to try their hand at gardening can,” Troth said.


He said part of the garden is designated for Wesley House and is a community effort.


“We also offer plots for people who don’t want to tear up their backyard ... or don’t have the land,” Troth said.


He said the community garden recently received a Live Well grant in addition to the Apple Award, and the grant will help with the installation of dripline irrigation for part of the garden, which will help reduce the water bill and could allow funds to be spent on other projects.


Troth said those involved with the garden are looking to the longterm and anticipate designating the funds saved on water toward classes about how to cook with the vegetables grown, or other pursuits.


Troth said the community garden volunteers are always looking to make connections, and this is the first time they have been involved with Live Well.


“They’ve been extremely helpful, not only with the grant, but with us helping with other people,” Troth said. 


The Apple Award was given, in part, in recognition of the main goal of the garden.


“Our main goal is to supplement Wesley House with good, healthy vegetables,” Troth said.


He said the organization has a solid, dedicated group of volunteers, but is always looking for additional talent of all sorts from volunteers.


The awards recognize this sort of initiative.


“The Apple Awards were created to recognize those individuals and businesses which have positively impacted the Health and Wellness of Crawford County,” says a press release from Live Well about the award. “The recipients have been instrumental in creating programming or opportunities for people to implement healthy lifestyle changes.”