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Garden Updates — 10/22/2017 — 647 lbs. donated

Hello Everyone,

Wanted to thank everyone that was able to make it out for the last two garden work days. It was so great to see you all! We had a decent season in total, though as each season is different there were some unique challenges. As we wrapped up our seventh season, we were able to make another donation of 40 lbs. to Trinity Soup Kitchen. Also donated a bunch of soaps and shampoos that Jaimee has been collecting. The results were good for our battery and bulb recycling, we had a car full of stuff, I would say well over 100 lbs. of batteries we kept out of landfills!

At this point the plants have stopped producing and we have concluded our work days for this season and finished making donations. However, if you still have plants growing and would like to donate, please take to any food bank and report the totals back to me. Please be sure to clean up your raised bed on your own.

Late February or very early in March we will have a meeting to talk about season 2018. We appreciate each and every one of you and the contributions you were able to make this year.

10/16/2017 –40 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen – Peppers, Tomatoes

See pictures below:

God Bless!
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 10/09/2017 — 607 lbs. donated — Final Workday Reminder!

Hello Gardeners,

Things are winding down for the season. I wanted to thank everyone that has been able to contribute this season. Also wanted to thank Rich and Chris Chambers for mowing! Our final work day will be this coming Sunday, October 15th starting at approximately 10:30AM. We should have one final donation to take on that day, which should bring us within range of last year’s totals.

Also wanted to remind anyone doing fall cleaning at home, that Northampton Community College will be again hosting their hazardous waste recycling event on Saturday, October 14th. We will be picking up batteries at the church and dropping them off on that day. See enclosed flyer for more information.

Hope to see you soon.

Latest harvests below:

09/29/2017 — 20 lbs. – Catholic Charites – Tomatoes (Chris F.)
10/02/2017 — 10 lbs. – Second Harvest – Tomatoes, Peppers
10/09/2017 — 9 lbs. – Second Harvest – Tomatoes, Peppers

2017 HHW Events

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 09/29/2017 — 568 lbs. Donated — Work Day Plans

Hello Gardeners,

We’ve had a nice run, especially the last couple of summer like days, but it would certainly appear that things are winding down. I have been steadily harvesting and donating since last reported, and I’m happy to say we have more than 100 lbs. since the last time!

I’d like to schedule the following two dates below for final harvesting and closing the garden for the season. We have a lot of clean up to do, and am hoping we can cover it during these dates. Also, I know we have a nice harvest of potatoes to dig up. I anticipate us being able to meet or exceed last year’s donation totals, which is welcome news!

Work dates planned:

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – 10AM – ?
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 – following church service – 10:30AM – ?

Latest harvests below:

09/14/2017 –3 lbs. – Second Harvest — Greens!
09/18/2017 — 26 lbs. – New Bethany Ministries – Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers
09/21/2017 — 37 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen – Beans, Tomatoes
09/26/2017 — 26 lbs. – Northeast Ministries – Peppers, Tomatoes, Beans
09/29/2017 – 20 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen – Peppers, lots of hot pepper varieties, Tomatoes

See below for pictures:

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 09/12/2017 — 456 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

We had a very nice work day on Saturday, and were able to get a lot done. Ben M. made it out and did some additional work. I really appreciate the effort! There is still much to do. We will plan for another workday in another week or so.

Latest harvests below:

09/08/2017 — 9 lbs. – Second Harvest — Tomatoes, peppers, and beans!
09/08/2017 — 22 lbs. – Second Harvest — Tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, turnips, beans!

See pictures below:

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 09/07/2017 — Workdate!

Hello everyone,

Just a reminder that we will be having a garden workday on Saturday, September 9th at 10:00AM.

Was at the garden this evening, harvested a small box of about 9 lbs., I will take tomorrow. I think we are mostly caught up with tomatoes and peppers for now.

Also please remember that on Sunday our church will be having an outreach picnic this Sunday. Please follow the link below to sign up:

Church Picnic after Outreach

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0844a4a728a31-church

Let’s hit the pavement and invite our neighbors to join us for worship on Back to Church Sunday! Pastor Andy…

Thanks,
Jason

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Garden Updates — 09/04/2017 — 425 lbs. donated

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Hope everyone is enjoying the last of summer! I’m sure the kids are excited to be back to school.

Some donations made since the last update. We are now over 400 lbs.! Keep the momentum going. Lots of beans and tomatoes still seeing some life!

Please plan on attending the next garden workday on Saturday, September 9th at 10:00AM.

Since the last update we have donated an additional 59 lbs. of produce!
8/31/2017 — 21 lbs. – Second Harvest — Tomatoes, peppers, and melon!
9/05/2017 – 38 lbs. — Trinity Soup Kitchen — Tomatoes, peppers, beans, onions, turnips & bag of bok choi?

See garden website for pictures below:

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 366 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

We got a good amount done with a small group, including our first harvest of potatoes! There is still much work to do. We will have another workday to get caught up. I don’t think we’ll have many recruits on Labor Day weekend, so let’s plan for Saturday, September 9th at 10:00AM.

Also wanted to share with you guys the nice letter from Northeast Ministries to our group! It reinforces the value of the work we do!

NortheastMinistries

Since the last update we have donated an additional 55 lbs. of produce!
8/21/2017 — 18 lbs. – Trinity Soup Kitchen – (Rich)
8/28/2017 – 37 lbs. — Northeast Ministries — Tomatoes, peppers, beans, potatoes!

Please see the garden below for latest pictures:

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 08/26/2017 — 311 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Wanted to remind you all that there will be a workday tomorrow, Sunday August 27th, after service around 11:30AM.

Since the last update we have donated an additional 73 lbs. of produce!

8/17/2017 — 3 lbs. — Second Harvest Food Bank — Kale
8/22/2017 – 40 lbs. — Northeast Ministries — Tomatoes, hot peppers, peppers, beans, squash
8/22/2017 — 5 lbs. — Northeast Ministries — Beans (Sue K)
8/03/2017 — 25 lbs. — New Bethany Ministries — Cucumbers, Peppers, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers

Please see the below for latest pictures:

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 08/17/2017 — 238 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Wanted to thank everyone who has been keeping up with their garden over the last week or two, and special thanks to Chris F. for making and taking harvests last week.

It appears that tomatoes are in full swing, and squash (primarily due to the health of the plants) are in decline. There is plenty more to look forward to — as were seeing a second flourishing from plants, particularly beans. Have not seen as many cucumbers as I would have liked, but hopefully there’s still a chance for more as there are many flowering plants.

Before I left, I spent time trimming along the outer fence. The open area seemed like the weeds were encroaching on some areas, but still manageable. That’s not the case any longer as I’ve been out the last two days. The weeds have grown rapidly, in fact making it hard to determine what’s a vegetable and what’s not. In areas where we got newspaper and/or grass clippings down, things are not as bad. However there are a number of beds where the plants haven’t been staked or they have toppled over or overgrown outside the bed. While it may not be possible to use a mower, I’d like to have someone volunteer to do some trimming inside the garden area with the trimmer in the shed — perhaps a new face, someone who perhaps has not had time to come out lately.

We all need to pitch in to get things back on track. Understanding we have our Backpack Event this weekend (and we’ll be dropping Tim off at college), I would like to schedule a workday for Sunday August 27th after church service. Until then my focus will be in open area.

Since the last update we have donated an additional 160 lbs. of produce!

8/02/2017 — 20 lbs. — Trinity Soup Kitchen — Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes
8/03/2017 — 7 lbs. — Trinity Soup Kitchen — Kale, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes
8/08/2017 — 30 lbs. — Northeast Ministries — Onions, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Kale, Cucumber, Eggplant, Peppers (Chris F.)
8/11/2017 — 45 lbs. — New Bethany Ministries — Peppers, Squash, Onions, Turnips, Greens (Chris F.)
8/16/2017 — 20 lbs. — Trinity Soup Kitchen — Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Cucumber
8/17/2017 — 38 lbs. — Second Harvest Food Bank — Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Squash, Hot Peppers, Peppers, Cucumber, Bok Choi

Please see the garden website for latest pictures see below:

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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Garden Updates — 07/30/2017 — 78 lbs. Donated!!

Hello Gardeners!

We’ve had a lot of rain recently, so it’s nice to see a sunny weekend! Hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy the outdoors.

Last harvest had about a dozen summer squash. When I came to Trinity this morning, they were having a debate about what to make for the day. They thought they had more squash. In I walk with a box of yellow squash. They said their prayers were answered – this was exactly what they needed and just in time. One of the excited preparers in the kitchen even gave me a hug!

The garden has been doing well, lots and lots of healthy looking plants. So far, things are coming in slowly, possibly due to the volume of rain. The weeds are somewhat at bay. Places where we put newspaper down has worked well. The upside is that there are many tomatoes that will be ready soon — good news!

This season so far we have made the following donations:

7/10/2017 — 8 lbs. — Second Harvest — Radishes, Peppers, Zucchini
7/13/2017 — 2 lbs. — Second Harvest — Kale (Thanks Joyce!)
7/21/2017 — 11 lbs. — Second Harvest — Kale and Zucchini (Thanks Ben!)
7/26/2017 — 17 lbs. — Second Harvest — Squash, Turnips, Potatoes, Peppers, Peas (Thanks Sue!)
7/28/2017 — 20 lbs. — Trinity Soup Kitchen — Turnips, Squash, Beans, Peas, Peppers, Tomatoes (Thanks Rich!)
7/31/2017 — 20 lbs. — Trinity Soup Kitchen — Turnips, Lots of Squash, Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes.

78 lbs. so far.
I’ll continue to make donations this week. However, Jaimee and I will be out of town August 6th-13th, if someone could please harvest and take to one of our food banks, that would be greatly appreciated. Trinity Soup Kitchen is closed the week of Musikfest, so it would need to be New Bethany or Second Harvest.

Please see below for latest pictures:

Thanks,
Jason & Jaimee

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