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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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Garden Updates — 07/28/2020 — 214 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners!

Hope everyone is doing well through this round of hot weather.  Thanks to everyone that has helped with watering, harvesting and delivering!  Thank you to all who have donated produce as well.  Rich said he’s planning for some rain today so that will be great!  Thanks to Becky and Rich for all their hard work, thank you to Joyce and Elizabeth for the Kale, and as always Wendy with more beans.  Sue your onions were terrific! So many of your gardens look amazing, you all are really keeping up with the weeding and it shows.

Met Rich last night and we watered a bit, and harvested – he took a harvest this morning. All sorts of things are rolling in.  Lots of tomatoes and peppers, we are just on the cusp of a lot of that.  Squash & cucumbers continue to go like crazy.  We’ve been so fortunate this year, and it’s all because of everyone’s hard work.  I see nice things and can’t wait to see what’s next.

Below are our latest donations:

07/20 — New Bethany Ministries — 23 lbs. — Onions, Peppers, Banana Peppers, Beans, Cucumbers, Beets, Kale & Greens, Squash

07/23 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 15 lbs. — Cucumbers, Beans, Tomatoes, Kale

07/24 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 30 lbs. — Beans, Squash, Cucumbers, Carrots, Tomatoes, Hot Peppers, Beets — Thanks Becky & Rich!

07/27 — New Bethany Ministries — 45 lbs. — Squash, Kale, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Beans, Beets, Radishes — Thanks Joyce and Elizabeth!

07/28 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 15 lbs. — Squash, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Peppers, Banana Peppers, Beans

 

I’m blessed to have you as part of the garden!

Jason

 

 

 

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Garden Updates — 07/16/2020 — 86 lbs. Donated

Hi Everyone,

We are humming along nicely with 4 separate donations adding 50 more lbs., bringing our current total to 86 lbs.  Keep up the great work everyone.  I appreciate everyone who has been able to donate.  Green Beans are doing quite well across the board, and we are starting to see some cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.  Sue K.’s Brussel Sprouts look like they are re-growing, I replaced a couple of mowed peppers, and Rich planted some more squash.  All is good!  Everyone’s garden has lots of blossoms, I can’t wait to see what becomes of the harvest.

I notice that Lowe’s still has some nice plants, but there is also a clearance section where plants are only $1.  Mostly tomatoes, but still a good buy!  Tractor Supply (Nazareth) also has some plants out at a discounted price.  I did see some squash and other plants there.

Thanks to everyone that has been able to help with watering too.  Don’t forget to continue weeding your bed, the weeds love the rain as much as your veggies do!

Below are our latest donations.

07/10 — Trinity Soup Kitchen   — 12 lbs. Squash — Thanks Rich!

07/13 — New Bethany Ministries — 25 lbs. Beans, Beets, Turnips Squash, Kale, Cucumbers

07/14 — Trinity Soup Kitchen   — 3 lbs. Kale, Radishes/Parsnips, Cucumber

07/16 — New Bethany Ministries — 10 lbs. Beans, Squash, Zucchini, Banana Peppers, Green Pepper, Kale, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes

Thanks,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 07/09/2020 — 36 lbs. Donated

Hi Everyone,

Was able to drop off our latest produce at New Bethany this morning.  Thank you all who contributed.  I found Rich’s produce and two more bags this morning, terrific!  About 17 lbs. in all, which brings out total to 36 lbs.  We are mowed (though I was a little over zealous on the weed management and accidentally mowed over some pepper plants in the open area – oops!), and with a few storms probably at least reasonably well watered.  Thank you Rich for arranging that rain 😊.  Don’t forget to continue weeding your bed, the weeds love the rain as much as your veggies do!

07/09 — New Bethany Ministries — 17 lbs. Turnips, Squash, Beans, Radishes

I wanted to pass along that as we plan for re-opening, Pastor Candy is looking for people willing to serve as volunteers.  This includes ushers, greeters, temperature screeners, and sanitation volunteers. (If you would like to serve on one of these teams., please contact Pastor Candy) These volunteers, as the reopening Team has planned, will be the initial group that will be the first to resume in-person worship at Wesley Church.

Additionally, the Board of Trustees has issued a list of rules to follow as it relates to the church property.  Please review attached and follow these rules to the greatest extent possible so we are good stewards both to one another as well as the church and community.

Thanks,

Jason

 

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Garden Updates — 07/07/2020 — 19 lbs. Donated

Hello Gardeners,

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!  The garden is starting to produce.  We have made several donations already.  We are up to 19 lbs. donated.  The produce should continue to roll in.

Thank you to Lisa, Becky, Sue & Rich on watering, and thank you to Rich and the other volunteers who have taken produce. I will check the storage box on Thursday morning, so leave your produce Wednesday night.

The heatwave will start ramping up, I will probably mow this evening and check things out. We have a chance of rain today, tomorrow and Friday.

6/15 — New Bethany Ministries — 3 lbs. Radishes

6/22 — New Bethany Ministries — 3 lbs. Radishes & Greens

6/29 — New Bethany Ministries — 5 lbs. Radishes, Summer Squash, Zucchini & Beans

07/02 — Trinity Soup Kitchen — 2 lbs. Beans & Greens 

07/05 — New Bethany Ministries — 6 lbs. Turnips, Onion & Summer Squash

Thank you for all your efforts, I appreciate every one of you!

Thanks,

Jason

 

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Garden Updates — 06/01/2020 — Checking In!

Hello Gardeners,

Just wanted to give a shout out to recognize the outstanding work everyone has done.  Most plots have been planted, and many of the extra tomatoes and peppers have been planted, although I think we still have a small number remaining!?

Shout out to Becky H. for watering, and to Ben M. for mowing, as well as Rich C. and Sue K. for help with planting.  We re-tilled a nice section in the open area and planted a number of peppers and tomatoes.    The rain barrel was filled last week, and I will check again tomorrow.  I continue to be awe and in great appreciation of everyone’s effort.  Good job everyone!

In other news I took in 94 lbs. of alkaline batteries to be recycled as well as a few florescent bulbs.  Since the main electronics recycling events have been postponed, the place I took them to charged a bit of a premium.  We are about $100 short of donations that have previously covered.  As you know our mission is to keep these batteries out of landfills, and it is becoming more expensive.  If you would like to contribute to this effort, please let me know.

Hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather, and watching their gardens grow.

If anyone hasn’t planted their plot, please do soon to ensure a good harvest.  If you still owe for your plot please let me know, or send a check for $30 to the church with garden written on the memo line.

Stay well, and look forward to seeing you soon.

In Peace,

Jason

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Garden Updates — 05/10/2020 — Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there today and thank you for all you do!

We are giving out free tomato and pepper plants – They will be outside the church today and tomorrow until dark.  Please take some to plant in your garden, to plant at home, or to share with a friend.  Bring back and donatable harvest during the season and we will donate it with our normal harvest.

Also please watch the weather for more freeze warnings, they are expected to continue into the early part of the week.

Thank you all and stay well!

Jason

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