Garden Update Final — 11/14/21 — 325 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

On our workday on 10/23 (though a bit cold and rainy), with the help of Pastor Candy, we were able to do a good amount of clean up and preparation for winter.  The last harvests were done, and we made our final donations of the season, bringing the total this season to 225 lbs. Donated.  The last few frosts have definitely zapped most things growing.  This brings our 11 year total to 7,117 pounds of produce donated to food banks in our area.  I want to say thank you so much for your help, we couldn’t have done it without you. 

During the last 11 years, I believe we had a good impact on our community, at a time when so few were thinking about gardening and having produce at your local food bank.  Over the years, more and more community gardens within cities and at colleges have sprung up, grocery stores are more willing to donate their unused produce rather than discard it.  There will always be a need, I’m just glad to know more people are thinking about this.

With that said, I have reached a point where I must hang up my shovel and rake.  The last year or so have been a challenge for me as I’ve been called on to help with some family matters.  Additionally Covid-19 has changed the landscape of the work I do, calling me to step up to greater demand as well.  I can no longer effectively carry out the duties of the garden.  It’s been a long run, and I’m so grateful for the fellowship and dedication of our gardeners.  I’m thankful for the countless hours of volunteer work they you all have done.  Together we’ve demonstrated what it means to be People Blessing People, and it was my honor to serve in that way.

I would love to see the garden ministry continue if it is able.  For that we need leadership and volunteers.  If you have an interest in running, or partnering with someone to co-run the garden, please let me know so I can pass that along. 

Below are the latest donations:

10/25/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 27 lbs.  –  Peppers, Carrots, Turnips, Beets, Cherry Tomatoes

11/09/2021 – New Bethany Ministries – 8 lbs.  –  Peppers and Tomatoes (mostly green but nice!)

Also took a load of 20 lbs. of batteries to be recycled on Friday. 

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 10/21/21 — 290 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Only one donation this week of tomatoes.

Also just a reminder that we will be having our Garden cleanup Saturday.   

Saturday, October 23th 8AM-12PM.  Please come out if you can lend some time to both the church grounds cleanup and the garden cleanup.

Below are the latest donations:

10/18/2021 – New Bethany – 7 lbs.  – Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes – Thanks Wendy!!

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 10/14/21 — 283 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Thank you to everyone for donating produce.  We’ve had a nice array of cherry tomatoes over the last couple of weeks.  Including red, orange, yellow.  Such a wonderful bouquet!  There are some nice peppers coming in and a lovely cabbage too.

With the potential rain on Saturday, and to better align with the Trustees cleanup day, we will move the Garden cleanup to be the following Saturday.   

Saturday, October 23th 8AM-12PM.  Please come out if you can lend some time to both the church grounds cleanup and the garden cleanup.

Below are the latest donations:

10/04/2021 – New Bethany – 1 lbs.  – Tomato, Pepper

10/08/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 20 lbs.  – Cherry Tomatoes, Cabbage, Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumber

10/11/2021 – New Bethany – 8 lbs.  – Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 09/30/21 — 254 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Welcome to fall everyone!  Produce is still flowing in.  Thanks Karen for the lovely potatoes.  Thank you Sue for the Sweet Potatoes.  We’ve had a nice box of beans from Wendy too.  Thank you Pastor Candy for the nice peppers.  On Monday I delivered a really nice box of assorted tomatoes.  Things are winding down, but we will still have a few weeks of produce left.  Thank you to everyone for donating produce. 

Was thinking of having a fall cleanup event on Saturday, October 16th 8AM, anyone have any thoughts on that?

Below are the latest donations:

08/30/2021 – New Bethany – 15 lbs.  – Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber

09/07/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 7 lbs.  – Carrots, Sweet Potatoes

09/13/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 15 lbs.  – Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Peppers, Turnips, Cherry Tomatoes

09/16/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 8 lbs.  – Beans

09/20/2021 – New Bethany – 15 lbs.  – Tomatoes, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes

09/24/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 7 lbs.  – Potatoes

09/27/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 13 lbs.  – Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 08/27/21 — 174 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Thank everyone for donating their produce again last week.  We had a lot of turnips this week, along with a steady supply of beans.  There are a few nice tomatoes and a few peppers, but the peppers are sparse this year.   Lots of green tomatoes, looking forward to see what becomes of them!  Grass is mowed and good running into Rich.

We have some lovely looking Sunflowers.  Stay well, enjoy the pics!

Below are the latest donations:

08/23/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 20 lbs.  – Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans, Cherry Tomatoes

08/26/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 25 lbs.  – Turnips, Peppers, Beans, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 08/20/21 — 129 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Hope everyone is doing well.  I wanted to thank everyone for donating their produce again.  I have been able to keep up with donations, though not necessarily the time to spend in the garden.  It’s been a challenge this season on many fronts, including the weather, but I’m grateful for the Blessings we have.   What a strange weather pattern we have had this summer.  Thank you to everyone who has been keeping up including watering, harvesting, and more.  We had a nice bag of beans (and more) from Wendy.  A delivery of corn from the Molinaro’s as well.  The potatoes have been a nice surprise this season, they’ve done rather well!  Great work Karen!  I did spy a pumpkin which I was able to snap a picture of.  See if you can spot it!

Stay well, enjoy some of the pics, and wishing the We Got Your Back Team a great success tomorrow!

Below are the latest donations:

07/29/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 13 lbs.  – Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Shallots/Baby Onions

08/02/2021 – New Bethany Ministries – 5 lbs.  – Beans, Onion

08/03/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 7 lbs.  – Peppers, Beans, Hot Pepper, Cucumber

08/09/2021 – New Bethany Ministries – 15 lbs.  – Beans, Peppers, Purple Peppers, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Cucumber

08/16/2021 – New Bethany Ministries – 30 lbs.  – Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant, Zucchini

08/16/2021 – New Bethany Ministries – 10 lbs.  – Corn – (Molinaro) – Est. – Thank you!

08/19/2021 – Trinity Soup Kitchen – 8 lbs.  – Radishes, Zucchini, Cucumber, Peppers, Beans

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 07/28/21 — 41 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Hope everyone is doing well.  I wanted to thank everyone for donating their produce.  I was able to deliver it Monday morning.  We had some nice zukes and a nice bag of beans (and more).  Also thank you to our helper who has been watering the garden.  Very much appreciated and crucial during this hot weather!!!

One note on the water at the building.  Please make sure when you are finished to go back down to the building and make sure the water is turned off at the building when you are done.  It’s not intended to be left overnight.

I will be there tomorrow morning to take whatever was left to the food bank.

Again I appreciate all of you and your efforts!

07/26/2021 – New Bethany Ministries – 20 lbs.  – Radishes, Zucchini, Cucumber, Peppers, Beans

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 07/20/2021 — 21 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Hope everyone is doing well.  I have some donations to report:

07/20/2021 – New Bethany Ministries – 11 lbs.  – Radishes, Zucchini, Cucumber, Eggplant, beans, and Peppers

07/06/2021  – New Bethany Ministries – 3 lbs. – Zucchini

06/29/2021 – New Bethany Ministries – 7 lbs. – Zucchini

I may have missed a donation or two, but expect to be back on track.  Please have your produce in the collection box down by the church Sunday & Wednesday evenings so I can take to the food bank the next morning.

Speaking of getting back on track.  Most of the garden plots are looking great, the open area had some challenges.  I have weeded the area of the squash and the peppers.  They did not fare as well, but some of the area of the tomatoes where Jaimee and I weeded are looking better.  Please tend to your plots, I know the weather has been brutal and summer vacations.  We have a tremendous opportunity here, with the amount of produce we can deliver and the summer is still young. 

I appreciate the effort all of you have put forth and I’d like to keep the momentum alive.

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 02/22/2021 — More Snow & Seed Time?!?

I hope you are all well during what seems to be an never ending season of snow.   With spring hopefully around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about our gardens!  Our plan will be again to start seeds like we did last year, and grow our plants in the atrium and give out plants to both gardeners and the congregation sometime near Mother’s Day.   Pastor Candy and I wanted to do something a little different this year to be outdoors, socially distant and yet give the opportunity for anyone to participate.  Tentatively, there would be an outdoor communion service on March 7th at 1:30PM, which also would be a great opportunity for those interested in planting seeds in our trays at that time as well.  Don’t worry, we’ll supply the seeds!

I’m planning to get our standard staple of tomato, peppers and squash seeds, but if anyone can think of anything else (or favorite variety) we may also start, that sort of falls in line with an 8 week cycle, I can get seeds.

I also wanted to pass along that there is an upcoming Tools for Ministry workshop coming up on March 13th.  This year is unique as it will be held via Zoom, which makes it super convenient.  If you have an interest in being well equipped for serving in ministry, don’t miss this great chance as there are more than 30 different sessions to chose from: https://www.epaumc.org/news-information/2021/02/online-tools-for-ministry-coming-march-13/

Here’s to a Great Growing Season for 2021.  May our efforts multiply God’s Abundance and continue to help us make an impact on so many families struggling.

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 11/24/2020 — 695 lbs. Donated — Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Gardeners!

I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  Although it was a difficult year for everyone, we managed to pull off something special at the garden this year.  I really appreciate everyone’s effort and look forward to working with you next year.  I also wanted to wish you a Blessed Christmas and Holiday Season, as we try to turn the page in so many ways, we hope our lives reach a sense of normalcy in 2021.  It’s truly a Blessing that we’ve been able to help with this ministry in some meaningful way.  Stay well & Stay safe.

Below are two final donations to report:

11/02/2020 – New Bethany Ministries – 5 lbs. – Peppers, Turnips, Tomatoes

11/02/2020 – Second Harvest – 12 lbs. – Large Squash

Thanks,

Jason

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