Ready to deliver one of the carts
This basket was filled with chard – twice!
3 varieties of tomatoes
- Volunteers from Redeemer, First Parish, Pilgrim, Hancock and a few others from the community
- Harvest included tomatoes, eggplant, swiss chard, broccoli, beans, parsley, dill, mint, beets, kale, radishes and zucchini
The usual report covers how the garden is progressing, who worked, what and how much was picked and new things learned. But not often enough do we reflect on another aspect of this project—and that is the building of community that happens as people work together on an endeavor for the benefit of others. I was thinking of this when the morning tasks were done and no one left. As I looked around there were a number of small groups of people who were chatting and in no rush to leave. The garden can be a place to meet new people or catch up with old friends, such as the former preschool teacher of your kids. It can be a place to compare what you’ve experienced, learn about a recipe or get a referral for a tree guy. And just as easily it can be a quiet space where you work alongside others, peacefully enjoying the productivity of the soil. But what we understand from our volunteers is the garden is a space to which they look forward returning.
Volunteers not quite ready to go home
Recently Maria, a volunteer, asked if she could bring home some broccoli leaves to try cooking as she does with other greens. This was a new idea to Carla and the others working that day. Until then, the broccoli leaves had gone to the chickens, or home with a volunteer for their rabbits, or onto the compost pile. Maria reported back that they reminded her of a milder version of collard greens. So we sent some over to the pantry to see if clients might like to try them. And there were plenty left for Maria to take more for another sauté at home.Planting garlic—a chore for the fall. This garlic’s bed was prepped by the Tuesday volunteer group. The planting process was easy. Take a garlic head and break it into the individual cloves. Plant each clove about 2 inches deep, with the root down and the pointed end up. Cover with soil.
Working in the broccoli patch
Working in the broccoli patch
Taking a pause from cutting flowers
Volunteers 9/28th: Follen, Hancock, Islamic Center, Lexington Catholic Community, First Parish and First Baptist
Volunteers 10/5th: Redeemer, Lex Catholic Community, Lex Methodist, Hancock and Temple Isaiah
Crops harvested: Swiss chard, eggplant, tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, kale, broccoli, parsley, dill, mint, zucchini, pumpkins, butternut squash, cabbage, peppers
It’s now easier to see that the season is winding down. Lots of different crops are still getting harvested each week, but there are less of them. But between the pictures of the loaded carts and list of what is being picked and delivered, you can still see the diversity and abundance…just not as much. Nothing like those July and August Saturdays of 100+ pound harvests to set unsustainable expectations!
As there is time after the Saturday harvesting, we are starting to slowly put the garden to bed—poles have been taken down in the blueberry patch and pine needles readied for spreading there; nutrient-rich soil has been dug out of the compost bins and added to the strawberry beds; and winter rye seed has been spread where the squashes and bok choy had recently grown (the winter rye will be plowed over come early next spring to add nutrients back to the soil).
Other news from the garden:
• Saturday hours have shifted later so volunteers now work 8:30am to 10am
• Last volunteer day at the garden will be Tues, Oct 29th
• Unfortunately the bee hive visiting behind the barn was lost sometime in the last few weeks. The bees had gotten less active and then just died off. Could it be the wax moth? We hope the hive owner will try again next spring. We’ve always thought that the bees were one of the reasons that the garden’s productivity took off in the past 2 years!
Digging rich soil from the compost bin
Would you believe strawberries in October?
Clearing out the tomato patch
What’s in the big potted plant by the barn?
It’s a fig tree!
Volunteers from: Cub Scout Pack 160, Hancock, First Parish and United Methodist
Weather: 60s and sunny, with a lot of dew on the ground.
Today’s harvest of 147 pounds included: lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, parsley, beets, broccoli, leeks, kale, zucchini, tomatoes (3 varieties), butternut squash, eggplant, basil, onions, chard (2 varieties), and pumpkins.
Today we had . . . → Read More: Garden Report – September 21st
Volunteers on the way to the Pantry
Volunteers from: Redeemer, Follen, Lex Catholic Community, Trinity Covenant and others community volunteers
Weather: High 60s and sunny. We could use some rain!
Today’s harvest of about 140 pounds included: lettuce, spinach, parsley, beets, leeks, blueberries, carrots, kale, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes (3 varieties), . . . → Read More: Garden Report – August 24th
Weather: Perfect – Sunny, Crisp, No humidity Harvest: 170 pounds of tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, beans, swiss chard, kale, blueberries, carrots, parsley, basil, mint, yellow squash and zucchini. So much produce we had to convert one of the carts into a double decker.
Tomatoes and Beans
Potatoes, Beans and . . . → Read More: Garden Report – August 17th
129 pounds ready to go!
We had our best harvest so far this season with 129 pounds of produce going to the food pantry. We had 27 pounds of potatoes, 22 pounds of cucumbers, 19 pounds of onions, 9 pounds of eggplant, 8 1/2 pounds of beans and squash, plus 7 3/4 . . . → Read More: Garden Report – August 3
Volunteers from: Redeemer, First Parish, and Hancock working along with a few other supporters Weather: Beautiful! 70 degrees, sunny and dry.
Today’s contributions for the Lexington Food pantry (totaling 103 pounds) included: cucumbers, eggplant, yellow squash, onions, kale, potatoes, Swiss chard, beets, beans, peaches, mint thyme, basil and blueberries.
. . . → Read More: Garden Report – July 27th
The Interfaith Garden harvested over 80 pounds of fabulous food over the weekend with volunteers from Hancock, First Baptist, Lexington Methodist, and other supporters! They delivered a variety of produce to the Lexington Food Pantry including: cucumbers, beans, mint, squash, zucchini, garlic, parsley, lettuces, Swiss chard, basil, onions, raspberries and . . . → Read More: Garden Report – July 20th
Volunteers from Hancock UCC, Lexington Methodist, Trinity Covenant and Climate Summer (orange shirts)
Weather: Overcast and muggy, but miraculously no rain despite forecast of 80% probability
Climate Summer and Harvest Crew
This morning we had 5 riders from Climate Summer join us for work at the garden. These college-age interns are spending their . . . → Read More: Garden Report – June 29th