At the Garden: 9/10/16

pantry_harvestVolunteers from: Redeemer, Follen, Grace, Hancock, Catholic Community and First Baptist

Weather: warm and muggy

Our harvest totaled 95 pounds going over to the Lexington Food Pantry: zucchini, yellow squash, delicate squash, tomatoes, bok choy, Swiss chard, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, radishes, broccoli, arugula, green peppers, parsley, basil, sage, tarragon

Drama at the Garden this morning! Carla had seen evidence that the Garden has been the feasting ground for some unwanted 4-legged guests. But they have evaded all her attempts to remove them. However, this morning, when 2 bunnies were spotted, all work was halted in order to try again with more manpower. Carla had a few volunteers systematically move together in a row to beat the leafy crops (under which the bunnies hide), driving the bunnies toward the open gate. This requires all the other volunteers to quickly scoot well away from the gate and freeze. Otherwise the bunnies will end up running away from everyone and never see the desired escape route via the open gate. We did have some success. One bunny made it out. So if any of you readers are at the Garden in the future and see another one of the 4-legged guests, now you will know what to do next!

By the way, Mark who tracks all the produce delivered out of the Garden, reports that as of today, we have donated 1,240 pounds to the Lexington Food Pantry this season. Bok Choy tops the list at 183 pounds, followed by tomatoes at 143 pounds.

To view more photos from the Interfaith Garden this year, see here.

Harvest Report – August 13th

So far this year we are off to a record start with 887 pounds of produce delivered to the food pantry, compared to 661, 843, 871, and 850 pounds of produced delivered by this time for the next best four years.

At the top of the list so far is 174 pounds of bok choy, 79 pounds of tomatoes, 78 pounds of zucchini, 52 pounds of potatoes, 43 pounds of both beans and eggplant, 40 pounds of cucumbers, 39 pounds of both cabbage and lettuce,  34 pounds of rhubarb, 32 pounds of swiss chard, 27 pounds of onions, 24 pounds of peppers, 23 pounds of cherry tomatoes, 22 pounds of radishes,  18 pounds of basil, 16 pounds of leeks, 15 pounds of squash, 11 pounds of parslane, plus 10 pounds of both broccoli and arugula, and 8 pounds of asparagus.  We’ve also harvested beets, carrots, cauliflower, chives, dill, garlic, kale, mint, oregano, parsley, peas, rosemary, sage, scallions, spinach, tarragon, and thyme.

But…. we are experiencing extreme drought in Lexington.

According to the National Weather Service – Lexington has a Statistical Precipitation Index of between -2.0 and -2.5.

That means that the precipitation we have had this year is 2 to 2.5 standard deviations less than is average for this time of year.

Another way to look at this is that there is between 1 in 50 and 1 in a 100 probability that we would be experiencing a drought this severe.

The Board of Selectmen are considering if we should take any action to conserve water on Monday night at about 7:15 PM, if you want to weigh in.

At the Garden – July 30, 2016

Volunteers from: Hancock, Chinese Bible Church, Follen, LDS, First Baptist Weather: It’s summer, so sunny and warm!

IG_herbs_073016Harvest: over 150 pounds of bok choy, basil, beets, radishes, carrots, purslane, onions, garlic, arugula, potatoes, tomatoes, Swiss chard, lettuce, green onions, broccoli tenders, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers and probably more that I can’t remember! We sent 5 carts worth of produce to the Lex Food Pantry.

Everywhere I hear friends and neighbors lamenting the tough times their gardens are going through with the lack of rain. And vegetable gardens aren’t yielding as much. Not true at the Interfaith Garden. I checked the history of the Garden last year and we didn’t achieve these types of yields until more like the end of August.

Today’s jackpot was in potatoes and bok choy. I don’t have the numbers but it’s likely over 50 pounds alone of bok choy were harvested. Our volunteers kept coming in with pallet after pallet and it was a challenge keeping up with the weighing and loading. We also had a lot of potatoes. One volunteer said she liked digging up the potatoes because it was like doing a treasure hunt. Carla also added zucchini blossoms. Carla said she had enough of the zucchini and taking the male blossoms was like exercising birth control for zucchini!

Here are a few pictures of the Pantry volunteers accepting and organizing all the vegetables. It’s a lot of work to sort it into smaller bundles appropriate for fair distribution to all the pantry clients. The cpantry2orn seen in the picture was not from the Interfaith Garden, but most of the rest of the produce was. We ran out of room to unload in the kitchen so there were even more of our pallets waiting in the other room.


At the Garden – July 9, 2016

Wonderful day at the garden with volunteers from LDS, First Parish, Redeemer, Chinese Bible Church and Follen!

From the Garden…

To the Lexington Food Pantry…

At the Garden: June 11, 2016

Volunteers: from Redeemer, Grace Chapel, Hancock, St. Nicholas, First Parish, First Baptist and Lexington High School

Weather: cool and dry Harvest: Lettuce, mint, tarragon, oregano, Bok choy, dill, broccoli rab, rhubarb and arugula

Tasks: Harvesting, weeding, planting carrots and beets in small garden, planting bok choy in seedling trays and LOTS of mulching.

. . . → Read More: At the Garden: June 11, 2016

At the Garden: May 21, 2016

Volunteers from Hancock, First Baptist, Sacred Heart, Chinese Bible Church and the community all pitched in.Weather: sunny and warm

Almost 33 pounds of fresh produce was picked and delivered this morning. It included bok choy, arugula, lettuce, radishes, herbs, green onions, asparagus, rhubarb and spinach.



Here is how . . . → Read More: At the Garden: May 21, 2016

At the Garden: April 23, 2016

Volunteers from First Baptist, Chinese Bible Church, and Hancock helped this morning.

Weather: drizzly

Potatoes were planted here in the gullies of the hill piles above. Each week volunteers will check to see if the potato plants have started to poke through the soil. If yes, they will be buried again with . . . → Read More: At the Garden: April 23, 2016

At the Garden – April 2, 2016

Volunteers came from the Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston, Hancock, and Grace Chapel.

Can you see the first stalks of asparagus? It won’t be long before they are harvestable. I wonder how much later we see the evidence of the cool weather crops (peas, greens, etc.) that were planted by Tuesday’s crew.

. . . → Read More: At the Garden – April 2, 2016

Our Seventh Season Begins!

Report from the Interfaith Garden – March 19, 2016

First things first…signing in!

Mark has already looked back at prior years and found that our first day this year fits the pattern of opening within a week of the first day of Spring….excepting last year of course, when we got an almost 3-wk . . . → Read More: Our Seventh Season Begins!

September 19: A Four Cart Day!

Volunteers from Chinese Bible Church, Follen, Redeemer, First Baptist and Hancock

Weather: Nice cool fall day. Damp due to the hour, but soon dissipated.

Harvested today: 220 pounds including broccoli, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard, cabbage, pumpkins, bok choy, butternut squash, acorn squash, radishes, scallions, kale, green peppers, arugula, and . . . → Read More: September 19: A Four Cart Day!