Thank you for a great season!

We’ve done it again! Thanks to everyone who volunteered, supported and cheered this effort on. In 2017, 1,600 pounds of fresh, nutritious produce grown in the Interfaith Garden was donated to the Lexington Food Pantry, bringing the 8-year total to 12,100 pounds. And it couldn’t have been done without an interfaith and community effort.

It was a good season! 46 varieties of vegetables, fruit and herbs made its way to the Pantry. Interested in knowing the top crops? Here are the 5 highest yielding crops:

Total pounds
Tomatoes 304.6
Squash 144.6
Onions 115.3
Bok Choy 107.9
Butternut Squash 105.0

 

The final day at the Garden was Sat, Oct 28th. The last delivery included tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, chard and various herbs.

For a complete report see here, and for all the reports from this season, click here.

Thank you again…and see you in 2018!!

Garden Report – August 26th

We had another great day at the garden on Saturday with about 11 or 12 folks working today. We had a couple new folks, but mostly “regulars” volunteering. Absolutely perfect weather, blue skies, crisp air.

We had an astonishing 94 pounds of tomatoes go over to pantry today – and after the carts left someone noticed we hadn’t picked any cherry tomatoes. We also had amazing amounts of basil and parsley and they smelled so heavenly. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Tomatoes are now far and away our number one item at 192 pounds for the year. There are still a lot of green tomatoes left to harvest as well. Onions and squash are each about 110 pounds, then spaghetti squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, and potatoes come in around 40 pounds each so far this year.

We are now over 900 pounds for the year.

There was a bunch of squash (it is shaped like butternut, but colored differently) harvested on Tuesday. We also took two good sized eggplants over. They were beautiful.

One downside of Carla being gone for two weeks is that mosst of our pallets / plastic trays were still over at the food pantry. We shuffled things around and made it work.

The carts came back with a big pile of plastic trays and one of the wire buckets that went over last week.

Speaking of carts going to the pantry – last week the small cart came back with a flat. We pumped it up last week and it seemed to be holding – but today that tire was flat again. So we’ll have to get the tire patch kit out next week.

It has been dry here – so we did water as much of the leafy greens as we could.

Next weekend is Labor Day weekend. The Interfaith garden and the food pantry will be closed for the holiday.  We will see you all in a couple weeks!

 

Love What Matters

“20 or so years ago my friend Iva’s grandmother lost her diamond engagement ring while farming/gardening on her family’s land near Armena (Camrose), Alberta, Canada. After many tears and hours of searching, she never did find the ring. In the end, she used her own hard earned money to replace the ring and never told her Husband!

Iva recently built a house on a portion of this family farm land. This garden has been feeding the family for years, but this year it had a special gift for them.

Guess what happened when Iva’s family went to harvest some of the garden last night?!? 😳

Grandma’s secrets are safe with mother earth no more!

The “carrot ring” has been returned to Iva’s Grandma as of this morning (Aug 15, 2017) she is very happy to have the original ring her late husband proposed to her with.”

Hat tip to Kathryn Jacob!

[Love What Matters]

Garden Report – August 19th

It was a beautiful day to be working at the garden this morning. Perfect temperatures, blue sky with a few clouds, low humidity and a good amount of dew still on the grass as we arrived.

Carla is on vacation visiting grandkids this week, but we had a great crew today of about 16 very . . . → Read More: Garden Report – August 19th

From Garden to Food Pantry: June 17, 2017

Harvesting at the Garden

Carting the harvest to the food pantry

Donnalee, who often volunteers at the Garden on Tuesday afternoons was was waiting for our delivery at the Food Pantry.

 

. . . → Read More: From Garden to Food Pantry: June 17, 2017

At the Garden: May 20, 2017

Volunteers: a Lexington Brownie troop

Weather: Sunny, dry, 60s to 70s

We were delighted to be joined this morning by an enthusiastic troop of about 8 Brownie scouts and parents helping at the Garden this morning. For some, this was a repeat volunteer opportunity. For others, this was the first time they were . . . → Read More: At the Garden: May 20, 2017

Season 8 First Harvest: April 29, 2017

Volunteers from: Chinese Bible Church, Pilgrim, First Parish, Hancock, First Baptist and the Lexington Catholic Community

Weather: sunny and in the 60s

Tasks: Harvest asparagus, rhubarb, mint and chives; deliver our first harvest to the Lexington Food Pantry; water seedlings; and weed

Season 8’s first harvest and delivery team!

. . . → Read More: Season 8 First Harvest: April 29, 2017

At the Garden: April 15, 2017

Volunteers from Follen, Hancock, and the Lexington community

Weather: Sunny and 50s

Tasks for Saturday:

Find the first vegetable already pushing up through the soil ( hint: it’s asparagus as seen to the right )

Construct bean and pea pole structures in the small garden, Plant onions, peas and . . . → Read More: At the Garden: April 15, 2017

Our Eighth Season Begins!

After a number of weather cancellations, we finally got to work on Tuesday, April 4th and Saturday, April 8th. Volunteers emptied compost bins, cleaned tools, pumped air into the wagon wheels, shoveled compost and cleaned up the barn. Asparagus is already on the way! For more photos of the . . . → Read More: Our Eighth Season Begins!

Michael Pollan’s Ideas on Gardening and Gardens

We are going to be opening the garden on March 25th this year, weather permitting. Here are some of Michael Pollen’s ideas about why gardening (and composting) is such a wonderful activity – to tide you over for the next three weeks till opening day. – Mark Sandeen

Here’s the thing: It’s seldom that such . . . → Read More: Michael Pollan’s Ideas on Gardening and Gardens