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.
We provide experiential learning and community service opportunities for the youth in our programs. We sell CSA memberships to our staff and the proceeds support our recreation programs. We include our produce in our food service operations as well.
Our garden at First Presbyterian is on the plot of land next to the parking lot. This area was tiled and weeded. The space was measured and divided into ten 4’x 8′ plots.
Marsh hay was laid out in between beds to guide the “gardeners”
footsteps between plots. What we harvest will be used for our community dinners. Other produce we will share with The Domestic Violence Center and Peter’s Pantry.
Our first planting of bush beans were harvested over the weekend. Volunteers from the church picked more than 100 lbs of green & purple beans. Several more are ‘almost ready’ and the plants are still blossoming!
Our tomatoes are beginning to ripen – AT LAST! – and the quality has improved quite a bit. We’re selecting the nicest fruit to go to the food pantry and keeping the ‘not-so-pretty’ to make salsa.
We’re harvesting our tomatoes now! There is NOTHING like a home grown tomato! The pole beans are bearing, some beets are popping up, and the sweet peppers just keep coming.
Church members have added, from their home gardens, to what we share with the local food pantry. And last week, for the first time, we noticed that folks from the pantry’s host church had started bringing some fresh veggies, too. We think we started something good!
Yes we know now … is NOT the time to transplant grape vines, but when opportunity knocks?
The local community college’s horticulture program lost its instructor so they needed to empty their nursery. We spoke to an area vineyard and they told us that although this not the normal time the vines needed to be in the ground. We are setting post and will run wire along the top for the vines. Each line will hold 18 vines and we expect to plant at least 2 lines – maybe 3.
Maybe we will be making our own communion wine (or juice) before too long!
Most (90%+)of our produce goes to the local Palestine Food Pantry. Our volunteer gardeners are encouraged to take some home for their use and a little bit has been sold at our community’s Main Street Market to help offset expenses.
Tomatoes are SLOWLY beginning to ripen helping make this how biggest week yet!
We are working to get papers and straw around all of the plants to reduce the time needed for weeding and thanks to a gift of vines from the local community college we will be planting grapes very soon … communion anyone? 🙂