Total pounds of produce this summer from our four raised beds………….640 ounds.
Our garden this year was a great success. We harvested 215 total lbs. of tomatoes, zucchini, onions, carrots, radishes, cabbage, beets, and lettuce over the last three months. We planted beans and peas twice but something ate them both times. This year’s total is at least 100 lbs. over last years harvest.
Quite a haul with more to come soon.
The garden has been good to our community this year. We have been able to share with our families who attended Vacation Bible School, our parishioners, many of whom are unable to garden for various reasons, our pastor and his family and many visitors to the church. However, most of the produce has been donated to our local food pantry. The weights listed are what was harvested and donated directly to those clients.
Here’s a quick update on how the Just. Good. Food. program is doing here at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Our two raised beds have so far produced over 90 pounds of vegetables that were delivered to the Operation Bootstrap food pantry and some to the homeless shelter in town. We’ve had great success with the lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, and some of the mini-bell peppers. The mini-belles were from seeds that you sent to us as were the cherry tomatoes. We are officially now part of the Stevens Point Area Giving Gardens (one of about 10) that are raising vegetables for the various food pantries here.
The kids in Vacation Bible School helped us harvest the carrots and some of the tomatoes last week and we have a lot more green beans and tomatoes to pick (probably this coming Sunday). The hot weather has really been helpful in terms of ripening the veggies. At some point we’d like to put in another raised bed but that may end up being a fall project.
Hope the rest of the churches are doing as well. This has been a really worthwhile project for our church and a teachable moment for the kids. A good thing all in all.
The plants are HUGE and are beginning to take over everything around them. Tomatoes are just beginning. Members are supplementing our harvest with produce from their own gardens. Lots of volunteers helping to take care of the garden. Our local newspaper ran an article about church gardens and one of our volunteers appeared on the front page of the paper. Total harvest
Small 4’x 8′ raised square-foot garden bed. The rabbits have had a feast on the beets and beans. We still have tomatoes and carrots.