On Saturday, June 6th, a Girl Scout Brownie troop and some of their parents came to help. One brownie had worked another Saturday and she reported that she liked coming back and knowing where things were and what to do. The girls were curious, worked hard and enthusiastically went from one task to the next. We are early in the season but there was over 20 pounds of produce that was picked, cleaned and delivered to the Lexington Food Pantry. They harvested bok choy, lettuce, arugula, green onions, radishes, Italian parsley, dill, mint and rhubarb.
Brownies and parents not only picked and readied the fresh produce for delivery, but they escorted the cart down the street to the new temporary location of the Lexington Food Pantry at St. Brigid’s. The pantry relocated this summer due to renovations of their permanent space at Church of Our Redeemer. Our fresh delivery got added to the other produce bought for the benefit of the clients. Thankfully, the Pantry has to buy less through the summer as giving gardens, like ours, supply more and more of the fresh nutritious bounty that they seek to offer.
Since we had gotten a lot of rain recently, there was more dirt than usual clinging to the lettuce and bok choy so they needed a stop at the “rinse station”. Usually all that is needed is a little brushing off of dirt at the base.
Parents worked alongside
What a beautiful radish!
I got to chat with Carolyn Wortman yesterday at the Lexington Food Pantry. As you likely know, she is the longtime volunteer that coordinates the Pantry. Since all the work we do at the Interfaith Garden ends up at the Pantry, I thought you would be interested in what’s happening there. Included in this post is a photo from our delivery on June 6 from the Interfaith Garden to the Food Pantry.
Yesterday, the Pantry served 74 clients, representing households of one to seven people. Another recent Saturday 80 clients shopped at the Pantry. Last week, 3 new families from Lexington came for the first time. The numbers keep creeping up.
As you may recall, they have temporarily relocated to the basement of St. Brigid’s during the period that their regular space is under renovation. The space is smaller but they have adjusted well to the new digs. One benefit is that the Pantry is borrowing basement space that wasn’t being otherwise used, so all the tables, chairs and extra food set up doesn’t have to be taken down every Sat to be set up again the following Friday. This is a huge time and energy saving.
But due to the move and space constraints Carolyn had to pass on being the recipient of the annual Lexington US Postal Service Food drive that is co-coordinated by the postal carriers in May. Instead, the Lexington Post Office arranged for the food to be donated to another Food bank. Usually this event is the Pantry’s largest food drive and contributes significantly to the Pantry’s stock of staples. In its absence this year, Carolyn’s supplemental buying has increased a lot in order to keep ahead of demand and have supplies on hand.
Having the fresh produce start arriving from Giving Gardens, like ours, is very much appreciated. With the numbers I cited above, you can see again the scope of the need. I was talking to another volunteer who said how she noticed that they have already started adding extra tables to accommodate the increase in produce arriving…and part of that is due to the fresh food we have been dropping off for the last few weeks ( the last few Saturdays over 20 pounds of produce was delivered.) As the summer progresses, there will be more and more tables needed! Thanks to your efforts, you can take some credit for that.
Shelley transplanting the bok choy. Carla thought these would be ready for harvest in 2 weeks, if not earlier.
The bottoms of the potato plants have been re-buried.
Carla assessing the crowded bed. Looks like some bok choy needs transplanting.
Lots got done.
On Tuesday, volunteers from Temple Isaiah and Hancock showed up after the rain. Besides doing lots of weeding, we transplanted bok choy and lettuce, best to do after rain, which was Tuesday! We also “hilled” the potatoes. While the potatoes grow in the soil, the plants keeping pushing upward so regularly they need to be reburied. By the time the potatoes are ready to be dug up, they look like they have been planted in hills, since so much soil has been moved over to keep covering up the base of the plants.
Volunteers: Hancock and Temple Isaiah
Weather: The good news was the storms held off, the bad news was the storm held off. We need the rain.
Can you name this plant with the interesting flower?
Carla was away but she left clear and easy instructions:
Weed, Water, Watch
Weed carefully around . . . → Read More: Report from the Garden: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Weather: Sunny, high 40s
A large crew answered the call for help and showed up with the expectation of shoveling lots of composted manure onto the garden. However, the truck with the manure arrived later than usual and we didn’t make much of a dent in the pile. But there was enough time to . . . → Read More: Garden Report – April 11, 2015
Volunteers plant, grow, harvest and deliver thousands of pounds of organically grown produce to the Lexington Food Pantry each year.
Our sixth season of growing “Good Food for Good Neighbors” starts on Tuesday, April 7th, snow or shine!!
Volunteer schedules are in progress for the 15 faith communities and friends who offer . . . → Read More: Join us for our sixth season!!
Volunteers from Hancock, Lexington Catholic Community and Pilgrim and St. Nicholas.
Weather was beautiful—sunny and warm.
Good news! Water is back at the barn! The leak in the underground water line was discovered and repaired. That will make all things easier–from washing off tools, cleaning off produce to watering!
Tuesdays are generally . . . → Read More: Garden Report – June 6th
Hello Spring!!! Opening Day is Tuesday March 25th from 4:30 to 6PM. Our first Saturday at the Garden will be on March 29th from 9:00 to 10:30AM. Click on the Volunteer Button to let us know you’d like to help out this season. The snow is melting quickly. Carla has decided it’s time . . . → Read More: Opening Day at the Garden!