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Pahrump brothel brings bounty of fresh produce to food pantry

Posted at 1:50 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 16:50:04-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Sheri’s Ranch, a legal brothel and resort in Pahrump, Nevada, announced that its on-site community orchard produced a bountiful harvest this season, and the company has donated a healthy selection of fresh fruit to the Pahrump Community Church’s food pantry.

The civic project, created with the goal of providing freshly-grown produce options to local citizens, was developed two years ago on the brothel’s property and has been a point of pride for the company this week.

Dena, the madam at Sheri’s Ranch and an active member of the community, said that "it was the most satisfying feeling after spending so much time to see that we were successful in our efforts to produce crops to give to the community. About two years ago we dedicated a part of Sheri's Ranch’s land for this reason, and self-funded it and gave it all the resources that were available.

"We planted over one hundred trees, and I made a commitment that I was going to dedicate some of my time on a daily basis to take care of the plants and make any necessary arrangements to make this orchard a success. My staff did a fabulous job making sure that these plants were watered properly throughout the year.” Former Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen said, "I am very pleased that Sheri's Ranch continued with their garden and have been able to donate fresh fruits to the local community food bank - they always have been a great community partner. Since they have opened, they have been donating to the senior center group on a regular basis, and I am pleased that they are a member of the community.”

Keeping dozens of trees thriving in the Nevada desert can present a challenge, particularly with a full-time job at the Ranch, "I think a good part of my success is the ladies who have helped me manage this orchard. When you introduce a project like this with an end goal to help the community, it promotes a positive culture among the working ladies and something marvelous happens - a self-motivated, selfless desire to work together towards producing something meaningful that is more than us. And I think it is therapeutic,” said Dena.