Volunteer plans a vegetable patch for PACH

Pepperell's Jim Casserly keeps busy in retirement

Jim Casserly holds some of the vegetable he has grown for PACH. COURTESY PHOTO

Retirement is supposed to be a relaxing time in life. But Jim Casserly of Pepperell, a retired Westford Academy teacher, likes to relax in the garden — or gardens, that is.Not only does he have a vegetable garden at his home, he also created a garden at Pepperell Aid from Community to Home, town’s local food pantry.

Casserly has been volunteering at PACH for more than five years, performing many different duties, including spending countless hours with the rebuild team last year, cleaning out the old PACH site, and preparing the new building to open.

He also mowed the lawn at the new site until a landscaper company volunteered to take over.

So with extra time on his hands, Casserly realized PACH clients needed fresh vegetables. He set out to solve that problem by planting zucchini, summer squash, green beans and tomatoes. Thanks to all the rain this summer, a bumper crop grew to feed many.

Casserly will soon be picking the corn and fall beans.

If you have a garden and have some extra vegetables you would like to share, PACH would love to receive them and pass them on to their clients. PACH is located at 66 Hollis St., and is open Tuesdays, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Thursdays, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Call PACH at 978-925-9770.