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.
We are going into our second year of gardening and we have been harvesting food from this garden for a couple weeks now. We continue to supply produce to the food pantry here in town – Open Hands Open Hearts, as well as a newer food pantry that opened last October – The House of Hope Food Pantry, in Madison.
We began the year with lettuce, pulled all that lettuce up (some sixty pounds of it!) and began planting the usual tomatoes, peppers, etc. Looking forward to another great year!
Our second week of harvest and off to a great start! And our new Rooftop Pantry Garden will be Blessed this Sunday soon to be producing too! Gardens are green and lush…and yummie!
We got off to a good start at the Palestine Community Garden.
This year we decided to plant a bigger variety of produce and an herb garden.
In spite of all good intentions the weeds are taking over (5 volunteers vs. 1/2 + acre) and last night’s wind storm played havoc with our corn.
Tomatoes should be ripening soon, a few volunteer cherries have already begun to turn.
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