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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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Garden Updates — 10/27/2020 — 678 lbs. Donated

Greetings Gardeners!

We have gone above our 2016 last highest total of 657 lbs.  There are only 3 years of the last 10 years that have exceeded this year’s donations.  I want to thank you all for the great work you have all done.  As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s important to reflect on what we are thankful for.  I’m thankful for knowing our harvests have served those in our community, and I’m thankful for you.  We are truly Blessed to have such a great group.

Below are our latest donations:

10/16/2020 – New Bethany Ministries – 12 lbs. – Tomatoes, Turnips, Peppers, Banana Peppers – Thanks Rich!

10/19/2020 – New Bethany Ministries – 8 lbs. – Several Butternut Squash,

10/22/2020 – New Bethany Ministries – 3 lbs. – Peppers & Banana Peppers

10/26/2020 – New Bethany Ministries – 8 lbs. – 2 large butternut squash

Thanks,

Jason

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 10/15/2020 — 647 lbs. Donated

Greetings Gardeners!

We are getting down to the wire!  Frost could be appearing any time, but we are still lucky enough to have a few smaller harvests, and one nice potato donation from Chris F.!

Just wanted to thank everyone again for their efforts this season, it was a Blessing to have you gardening this year.

Below are our latest donations:

10/01/2020 – Northeast Community Center — 7 lbs. – Carrots, Beans.  Thanks Wendy A.

10/05/2020 – New Bethany Ministries – 9 lbs. – Banana Peppers, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant

10/12/2020 — New Bethany Ministries – 37 lbs. – Peppers, Tomatoes, Hot Peppers, Banana Peppers, Potatoes.  Thanks Chris F.

10/15/2020 – New Bethany Ministries – 2 lbs.  – Tomatoes

10/16/2020 – New Bethany Ministries – 4 lbs. – Peppers, Banana Peppers

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 09/28/2020 — 588 lbs. Donated

Greetings Gardeners!

 

There is not much new activity to report, although we’ve added 28 lbs. in the last week.  Things are slowing down, but we are still getting some nice produce.  Hope everyone is doing well and adjusting to the new weather!

Below are our latest donations:

09/21/2020 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 20 lbs. – Carrots, Banana Peppers , Cherry Tomatoes, Turnips

09/24/2020 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 3 lbs. – Banana Peppers, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes

09/28/2020 — New Bethany Ministries — 5 lbs. – Beans, Zucchini

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 09/19/2020 — 560 lbs. Donated

Garden Updates — 09/19/2020 — 560 lbs. Donated

Greetings Gardeners!

Certainly the fall weather is before us! The winds are shifting, the growing season is slowing down! But with a fresh mow and high spirits the garden continues to deliver some produce along with those that are gardening with us from afar. We continue to appreciate the generous donations! I will continue to take donations as long as they keep rolling in. From the looks of things there are is still a lot of possibility, in fact some have planted fall crops which is terrific! Some of you may be thinking about ending the season, and that’s great too. All I ask is that to the best of your ability your plot is cleared (with your weeds pulled and put on the pile). Some plants like tomatoes, I prefer if you can bag and take home and dispose of with your trash (because the fungus and disease on the leaves deposits into the soil). If you can’t, that’s fine too. Also, any fencing rolled up and ideally placed along the fencing or in your plot.

This year was as a year like no other, but I hope you have found some comfort in the garden and it’s mission! Although we have not been together this season, I’ve still found that togetherness collectively in what we do.

 

09/08/2020 — New Bethany Ministries — 3 lbs. — Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots
09/10/2020 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 5 lbs. — Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans
09/14/2020 — New Bethany Ministries — 10 lbs. — Peppers, Banana Peppers, Tomatoes
09/17/2020 — Northeast Community Center — 20 lbs. — Carrots, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Squash — (First this season)

Thanks,
Jason

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Garden Updates – 09/04/2020 – 522 lbs. Donated & Happy Labor Day!

Hello Gardeners!

Hope everyone is doing well and ready for some nice weather following the few days of rain we have had, arranged by our very own Rich C!  This week we’ve had a little less produce, but in any case we are over the 500 lb. mark.  Becky and Rich have planted some nice fall crops that should help continue the harvests into the foreseeable future!  I want to thank everyone for their continued efforts and also wish everyone a Happy Labor Day.  Although your picnic or plans may look different in these times, we are expecting a lovely weekend!

Below are the latest donations:

08/17/2020 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 10 lbs. Cherry Tomatoes, Beans, Zucchini

08/20/2020 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 28 lbs. Tomatoes, Squash, Cucumbers – — Thanks for taking Rich (twice in one day)!

 Thanks,

Jason

 

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Garden Updates — 08/25/2020 — 484 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Everyone has continued to do an amazing job.  Since the last update we have donated 125 lbs. in additional produce.  The garden continues to look great.  Rich & Becky have been busy planting a round of fall crops like Romain Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli.  Rich’s arrangements for rain have been quite helpful.  I appreciate all the donations from everyone.  Looks like over the next few days Rich is working on delivering us more rain 🙂

I continue to be amazed and in awe by everyone’s support as we carry out God’s work!

Latest donations below:

08/13/2020 — New Bethany Ministries — 45 lbs. Beets, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Squash, Zucchini, Okra, Beans, Peppers, Cucumbers — Thanks for taking Rich!

 08/17/2020 — New Bethany Ministries — 17 lbs. Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Squash, Beans, Peppers, Eggplant, Beets, Kale

08/20/2020 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 8 lbs. Tomatoes, Beans, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes

08/24/2020 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 55 lbs. Peppers, Banana Peppers, Summer Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Okra, Beans, Kale, Parsnips, Cucumbers

See pics below

 

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 08/12/2020 — 359 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

I hope you are all staying cool in yet another round of hot weather!  I wanted to thank everyone again that has been able to help with watering, harvesting and keeping your gardens in terrific shape.  I also wanted to thank everyone contributing produce both from the garden and within the congregation.  We’ve had a number of terrific harvests (145 lbs.) over the last couple of weeks.

I will around to pick up more produce tomorrow morning around 9AM.

Also wanted to share with the ministry a COVID Liability Waiver form the church is requiring for volunteering on church property.  Please complete this form below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIhofi0jiHGODgO9E-tub5IscJS7hpKb1BbN2u7333vGAgRw/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Donations to report:

7/30 — New Bethany Ministries — 23 lbs. —  Beans, Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Squash, Kale, Zucchini

8/3  — New Bethany Ministries — 35 lbs. —  Cucumber, Squash, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Potatoes

8/6  — New Bethany Ministries — 18 lbs. —  Green Peppers, Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Onions, Zucchini

8/10 — New Bethany Ministries — 69 lbs. —  Beans, Cabbage, Peppers, Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Beets, Parsnips, Kale, Tomatoes, Banana Peppers

 

Rich passed along this video, if you are looking for some ideas on what can still be planted in August see:  https://youtu.be/538cfJRPqqA

 

The Backpack program is coming up on August 15th. Are any of you interested in volunteering for backpack? We need more traffic manager volunteers and a porta-potty attendant. (The attendant needs to clean after each use and we will pay that person). Sign up form is below:

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNzGiyzmmgZdtc6a1bmLQPBkE5duvA9_kMfWoj66bMn3M8gg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

 

 

Some pictures are enclosed, see below:

 

Thanks,

Jason

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