Early this morning, a local volunteer and I harvested:
13 bags of lettuce
1 lb of green beans
8 bell peppers
and 4 lbs of broccoli/cauliflower!
The green beans are just getting started. The tomatoes are luscious, but still green. The lettuce seedlings will be ready for next month's food distribution day. If you have a 20 min block of time, please stop by and pick some weeds~ they are at their height right now, and I'm juggling a lot this month, so it would be greatly appreciated.
Georgia Macy, the food bank's director, was thrilled to have this much fresh produce, especially because a NY state inspector was planning to visit. Last visit, he requested that they provide more fresh foods. Hopefully, we can continue to grow more and better!
This is a copy of the report made for our local town meeting. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Garden has served 25 local families, and distributed donations of approximately 300 seed packets/potatoes, 25 various hand tools, and 15 books/informative handouts.
We have produced 12 bags of fresh produce for the food pantry, with many more to come. August and September's produce bags will include 6 heads of broccoli, lettuce, radish, green beans and tomatoes. October's bags will also include potatoes, all produced without pesticides.
2 families have helped established the garden, while 3 families have assisted with maintaing the garden.
The blog has had over 500 views, and donations through it have helped to pay for the fence, hardware and compost. Notably, the largest donation was from a family in Australia.
"The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation."
Corrie Ten Boom
Thank you for all of the donations to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Garden. All of the forms of help have been appreciated; our combined effort, inspiration, money, enthusiasm, seeds and tools is what has made it all possible.
We want to thank our Australian friends, Bigchief Daddydave and Michelle Stitson for donating a generous amount of money a Second time to help us reach our goal, providing the rest of the money to pay for the fence and compost! It's an amazing feeling to be supported internationally by a family of 6.
One earth, folks. Really. That's all we have. If we can help each other learn a better way, a healthier way, well... that's what I would call a life well lived. It's a responsibility to care for our communities by helping folks fall in love with gardening and good food, learning to feed their families. In this small way, we are able to respond to the interrelatedness of the worldwide crises.
I'll continue the gratitude train by thanking
Jared McCargar and Maureen Snell Mccargar of Hopkinton, New York
Renee Stauffer and Stauffer Farms LLC
Dani Lindquist of Pennsylvania
Elliott's Farm & Home Supply, Inc.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
Whitten Farm of Winthrop
Slaters of Nicholville
Henry and Jan Keller
McKee's Construction of Hopkinton
and All of the grateful recipients and folks who spread the word about our project... thank you <3
Thank you to those who nominated us for GardenShare's Growing Community Award: Rebecca Pickens, Sustainable Living Project / Local Living Festival and others :)
Annnnnnd, Thank You to the Food is Free Project- your FB presence is most delightful and inspiring :)
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Please consider nominating our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Garden for GardenShare's Growing Community Award.
"The award recognizes a person or organization who has dedicated time and energy to strengthening a community-based food system... advocating for a healthier food supply"
Inspiring other folks to start a local community garden for their food bank, and encouraging more backyard gardens would be a great joy in being nominated for this award. Also, if folks felt motivated to visit our blog and donate through our Fundly.com account, we would be very grateful.
We are $50 short of our current goal (YAY!) and would use any more funds to extend the season, expand the garden, and any unforeseen expenses (like a bug spray or scarecrow). Furthermore, we could use $ to have a basic cooking and preserving class someday, to help others learn how to use garden produce.
We've served 25 local families, and distributed donations of approximately 300 seed packets/potatoes, 25 various hand tools, and 15 books/informative handouts.