Opening Day at the Garden!

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 to start prepping the garden.  
There are plenty of things we can get started on.  

We are looking for volunteers for Tuesday, March 25th from 4:30 to 6pm.   And then on Saturday, 3/29th from 9 to 10:30am.

Spreading Compost

 

It looks like we may have a pack of cub scouts who will be pitching in.  The plan is to start spreading compost and work on some spring cleaning.  Let’s hope the weather co-operates.

Please let us know if you can help out.  Click on the Volunteer Button to let us know you’d like to help out this season. Many thanks.

Fall Colors

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Garden Report October 12th

Ready to deliver one of the carts

Ready to deliver one of the carts

This basket was filled with chard - twice!

This basket was filled with chard – twice!

3 varieties of tomatoes

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

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

Working in the broccoli patch

Working in the broccoli patch

Planting Garlic

Planting Garlic

Taking a pause from cutting flowers

Taking a pause from cutting flowers

Asters?

Asters?

Garden Report – Sept 28th & Oct 5th

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 . . . → Read More: Garden Report – Sept 28th & Oct 5th

Garden Report – September 21st

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

Garden Report – August 24th

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

Garden Report – August 17th

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

Garden Report – August 3

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

Garden Report – July 27th

Flowers too!

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

Garden Report – July 20th

Harvest Carts

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