Garden News 9-20-16

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Sep 202016
 

tomato-1514524_1280It’s Green Tomato Time!

As the first succession of tomato plants dwindles, many green tomatoes are still juicy and “ripe” for picking. Green tomatoes make for incredible eating. In addition to the beloved fried green tomatoes, you can use their rich, tangy flavor in a wide range of stews and sautes and roasts. Find some recipes here and here.

 


Harvest Celebration – Truly a Joyous Occasion…So just how do you tag a Monarch???

Many thanks to the Whole Foods WDM Store for their support of this event and especially employees Amanda and Nicole for volunteering their time and energy at the celebration!!

Wonderful weather combined with good friends, good food and fun activities to make the Harvest Celebration on Saturday a wonderful event. We dedicated our new pollinator garden, tagged monarchs, and ate some great food.

Step 1….Catch a Monarch. This is hard to do. They can fly really fast and high!! We were fortunate and caught 4 Monarchs on Saturday.
Step 2. Record information about the Monarch. We were fortunate to have Erika Schoenberg of Polk County Conservation help us record information and then tag the monarchs.

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beekeeper-jacobNeighborhood Beekeeper

Jacob (wearing green shirt) is a neighbor who lives close-by to the Faith & Grace Garden. He has been beekeeping for about a year. Jacob started with one hive and now has six! Jacob talked to us at the Celebration about his experiences as a beekeeper and answered our questions. To order some honey from Jacob and his Sweet Tree Garden contact: wdmhoney@gmail.com

 

 

 


2016 Growing Season by the Numbers

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Regular Garden Volunteer Hours

Mon–Wed–Fri: 6:30pm–8:30pm | Sat: 10:30am-Noon

The Faith & Grace Garden is using Signup.com (formerly VolunteerSpot) to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up:http://vols.pt/kWyw79
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Signup.com.
Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 9-12-16

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Sep 122016
 

It’s Pumpkin Time!

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A Big, Fat Thank You to All 24 Volunteers from Faith Lutheran for Digging Potatoes on Sunday!!
They harvested about a ton of potatoes in 2 hours! Nearly a ton of white potatoes and sweet potatoes were dug up and boxed for shipment to food pantries.

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2016 Growing Season by the Numbers

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Regular Garden Volunteer Hours

Mon–Wed–Fri: 6:30pm–8:30pm | Sat: 10:30am-Noon

The Faith & Grace Garden is using Signup.com (formerly VolunteerSpot) to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up:http://vols.pt/kWyw79
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Signup.com.
Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

 

 

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Garden News 9-7-16

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Sep 082016
 

meutiaGreetings from Meutia Hakim!

Meutia, a Valley High School foreign exchange student four years ago, sent a message last week to say how much she loved her time as a volunteer  in the Faith & Grace Garden. She said her time in the garden and experience as a Wallace Foundation Real Soil, Real Food, A Real Difference summer camp Scholarship Winner are fond memories that are still shaping her future.

Meutia is now back home in Indonesia majoring in Food Technology at Surya University. Meatia would like to return for visit to the garden and possibly pursue graduate studies in the US.


Harvest Celebration Help Wanted!monarch-1058974_960_720
Harvest Celebration: Monarch tagging and dinner
Saturday, September 17 starting at 4:30 pm
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Corner of 28th Street & Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines


Join us on Sat., Sept. 17, for a wonderful late afternoon get-together starting with a dedication of the pollinator beds at the Faith and Grace Garden followed by a demonstration of Monarch Butterfly tagging by the Polk County Conservation Commission.  Then join us for dinner featuring fresh produce from Whole Foods and the Faith & Grace Garden.  Choose from two unique homemade lasagnas, a delicious compliment of fresh-grown sides, and your choice of dessert!  Butterfly Tagging: 4:30-5:30pm; Harvest Dinner: 5:30-7:00pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, corner of 28th Street & Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines.

Can you help us make this event a success? We need help with preparations, cooking and cleaning up. This is a great opportunity for students wanting the earn service hours. For details see: http://signup.com/go/49v5NV


Soil Society of America

The Soil Science Society of America created a blog, Soils Matter, to help the public understand this precious natural resource. The blog can be found here .

Recent topics included tips about soil testing, and whether synthetic or natural fertilizers are the best plant nutrients. Regular Soils Matter contributor Clay Robinson says, “Naturally, soil scientists find soils interesting, but we want to help people understand that soils are so much more than dirt. The air people breathe, food they eat, water they drink, clothes they wear, and places they live, all depend on the soil. Soil scientists can help people learn how to use soil wisely, balancing conservation and productivity, so future generations can benefit from the soil as we do.”

In addition, SSSA has public information about soils on their website, under the tab “Discover Soils.”


Congratulations to Nathan Dickerson, Eagle Scout!
A call to more scouts interested in Eagle projects

Nathan was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony on September 5. Nathan’s Eagle project was building shelving in the garden high tunnel.

If your church or community organization is affiliated with a scout troop, please let them know that the Faith & Grace Garden is a great source for Eagle projects. Contact Tim Goldman for details.


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Are you interested in sustainability?

The goal of Urban Ambassadors  is to grow our green network in Des Moines.
To learn more and become involved attend their upcoming FriendRaiser. http://www.urbanambassadors.org/friendraiser/
Find them on Facebook for more details. https://www.facebook.com/events/937763712947037


Regular Garden Volunteer Hours

Mon–Wed–Fri: 6:30pm–8:30pm | Sat: 10:30am-Noon

The Faith & Grace Garden is using Signup.com (formerly VolunteerSpot) to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up:http://vols.pt/kWyw79
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Signup.com.
Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 –timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 –wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 8-25-16

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Aug 252016
 

Harvest Celebration: Monarch tagging and dinner
Saturday, September 17 starting at 4:30 pm
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Corner of 28th Street & Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines


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Join us for a wonderful late afternoon get together starting with a dedication of the pollinator beds at the Faith and Grace Garden followed a demonstration of Monarch Butterfly tagging by the Polk County Conservation Commission.

Then join us for dinner featuring:

Crackers/Baguette with Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Jam
Harvest Time Lasagna Vegetarian
Winter Squash Lasagna Vegetarian
Sweet Potato-Corn Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Corn, Peach, Tomato and Red Onion Salad
Chocolate Pineapple Zucchini Bread
Sweet Potato Coconut Bread
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Butterfly Tagging: 4:30-5:30pm
Harvest Dinner: 5:30-7:00pm
Freewill donations are welcome.


Saraswoti-Volunteer2016 Refugee Garden Program Ends

10 – 15 Bhutanese refugees have been volunteering each Thursday morning from late May through mid-August in the Faith & Grace Garden for the past four years.  We work together for a couple of hours then snack on some fruit in the shade.

Last Thursday we bid farewell to our Bhutanese friends who practice their English while teaching us about the health and nutritional benefits of many of the native plants that grow in and around the garden.

We are already looking forward to next year!

Saraswoti (Pictured to the Left) was a new volunteer this year.
Picture by Marilyn McKinney.


Using Epsom Salts on Tomato and Pepper Plants – Now Is the Time 

Interesting article on perking up production in the late season:
http://www.harvesttotable.com/2012/08/epsom-salt-tomato-and-pepper-growing/


Controlling Insects

What’s Wrong With My Garden: Part 1: How to manage insect pests. High Mowing Organic Seeds seed company offers good advice with photos in order to help you identify the most common garden pests per each crop and offers sound advice for low-cost intervention.

What’s Wrong With My Garden: Part 2: Demystifying common diseases. And here you go for the disease end of things.


Regular Garden Volunteer Hours

Mon–Wed–Fri: 6:30pm–8:30pm | Sat: 10:30am-Noon

The Faith & Grace Garden is using Signup.com (formerly VolunteerSpot) to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up:http://vols.pt/kWyw79
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Signup.com.
Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 –timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 –wdmmarshall@msn.com


Growing season 2016 by the NumbersGrowing Season 8-24-16

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Garden News 8-5-16

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Aug 052016
 

rain-1565248_960_720The Garden is Lush

Since our last newsletter in June the garden has rejoiced in return of the rains. After a dusty, dry June the garden received several good rains in July including one of almost 5 inches! On Tuesday of this week the garden received 1.5 inches of rain.

We are now planting cool weather crops for this fall: lettuce, peas, chard, kale, beets, carrots, etc.


Meet Mary Fraser: Faith & Grace Garden Volunteer of the Year!

Mary Fraser, 84, volunteers in the Faith & Grace Garden on Wednesday evenings in July. She is part of group 6 – 10 from Ashworth Road Baptist Church who have been volunteering in the garden for the past five years.mary

When Mary is not volunteering in the Faith & Grace Garden she is working in her own garden.. Mary has brought over one hundred pounds of vegetables from her home garden with her when she volunteers so we can transport them with our shipment to local food pantries.

This year the Ashworth Road Baptist Church volunteer team decided to extend their time in the garden through August. You can come on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm to meet Mary.


Catch Pokémon Go

Yep, we’ve been informed that the Faith & Grace Garden is a Pokémon landmark with a “treasure” to catch…..bet it looks like a Japanese beetle. While in the garden hunting little Pokémon , be careful not to step on any vegetables or garden tools 🙂pokemon-go-1569794_960_720


Polk County Master Gardeners Tour 2016

The Faith & Grace Garden was a stop on the Master Gardener’s tour. Over 100 MGs from through central Iowa  toured the Faith & Grace Garden on Saturday, June 25.pasted image 0

A big attraction during the garden tour was the pollinator beds in front of the garde. Polk County Conservation Commission Naturalist Heidi Anderson (pictured on left with hat) was on hand to educate tour participants about the importance of pollinators and pollinator plants in the garden and for our food supply.

Below is a link to the Polk County Conservation website with information about the pollinator garden project.  Take a look!

http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/education/pollinator-gardens/

 


Regular Garden Volunteer Hours
Mon–Wed–Fri: 6:30pm–8:30pm | Sat: 10:30am-Noon

The Faith & Grace Garden is using Signup.com (formerly VolunteerSpot) to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up:http://vols.pt/kWyw79
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Signup.com.
Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Tim Goldman -745-9842 –timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall -998-5381 –wdmmarshall@msn.com


Growing season 2016 by the Numbers

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Garden News 6-7-16

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Jun 082016
 

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It’s Strawberry Time

Our first crop of strawberries are starting to ripen and we should be picking them all week!

The new “Critter-Proof” garden fence is almost complete. We are now making the five garden gates.
Special thanks to the Faith and Grace Hawk who took guard of the garden while we worked to get the fencing in place – We viewed this beastly bird as a godsend.
Faith & Grace HawkFaith & Grace Garden Hawk Standing Guard

Next we will start laying the drip irrigation system to keep our plants watered during the hot months of July and August.

On Thursday we welcome back our friends, the garden volunteers from Bhutan and Burma.  Through our partnership with LSI we will have 13 refugee volunteers in the garden from 9am – Noon on Thursdays through mid-August.


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!! CAN YOU HELP?
Keeping the garden humming requires more that just people helping in the garden.
We need help in the following areas:
Deliver produce – Produce picking the previous evening needs to be picked up and transported to the food pantries the next morning.
Small engine maintenance – Like to tinker with engines? Our tillers, mowers, etc always need a little love mid-season.
Waters – Until the drip irrigation system is in place, our thirsty plants need some attention.
Childcare – Watch children on the playground while their parents help in the garden.
And of Course: Weeding, Watering, Planting, and Harvesting
Please let us know if you would be able to help!

Here are our volunteer times if you can give us a hand:

M-W-F  6:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat  10:30 – Noon

The Faith & Grace Garden is using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
http://vols.pt/kWyw79
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Harvest Results to Date:
Asparagus        – 25 pounds
Kale                 –   50 pounds
Onions            –  215 pounds
Radishes        –   25
Strawberries   –  20
Total                 325 pounds


For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden
Tim Goldman -745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall -998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 5-31-16

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Jun 012016
 

A BIG, FAT THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AT WALNUT CREEK CHURCH!

Over Memorial Day Weekend some 40 members of Walnut Creek Church put in over 120 volunteer hours in the Faith & Grace Garden planting 360 sweet potatoes, over 100 pounds of seed potatoes and 280 broccoli and cabbage plants.

The volunteers also completed putting in all the fence posts for our new “critter proof” garden fence.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) we plan to attach the fencing to the posts and install the garden gates. Hopefully, we will finish the fence then now before the rabbits find all those tasty young plants! Please plan come out to lend a hand between 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The weather should be beautiful!! The Monday afternoon crew from Walnut Creek Church poses for a selfie after working in the garden.
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Can You Dig This? A Message from Amy Joens of Global Shapers

I am part of a group in Des Moines called Global Shapers. We have recently learned of the opportunity to host a screening of CAN YOU DIG THIS at the Fleur Cinema as a way to engage people around growing food and how it has transformed a south LA neighborhood. With all the great groups and efforts to address food access & the food system, we wanted to offer this as a way to spark dialogue and action. CAN YOU DIG THIS follows the inspirational journeys of four urban gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil.

This screening is on Tuesday, June 28 at the Fleur Cinema. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. We are inviting people to come at 7:00 p.m. to meet like-minded people and share what’s happening in the Des Moines metro.

In order to make this screening a reality, we need to sell 61 tickets by June 17. Reserve your ticket here and share with friends & family… And our event is on Facebook!


Faith & Grace Harvest Results to Date:

Asparagus – 25 pounds
Kale –           50 pounds
Onions –     215 pounds
Radishes –   25 pounds
Total            315 pounds


For More Information about the Faith and Grace Garden:
Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 5-24-16

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May 252016
 

So far we have 415 tomato plants and over 500 pepper plants in the ground. The onions, peas, and beans are up about 6 inches and we will be cutting lettuce next week.

We will start planting melons, squash, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli next.
Sweet potato plants will arrive on Friday so we hope to get our potatoes in over the long weekend.

Here are our volunteer times if you can give us a hand:
M-W-F  6:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat  10:30 – Noon
Other times available by appointment

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U.S. beekeepers lost 44% of their colonies in the last year.
That’s a near-record loss and WAY too high for colonies to keep up. We must help. One way is by planting more pollinators in our yards, gardens and flower beds.

Weather permitting, tomorrow at 6:30 we will be planting 17 different kinds of pollinators in the garden flower beds with the help of the Polk County Conservation Commission.

Here is a picture of the butterfly weed we will plant tomorrow night
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Harvest Totals To Date:

Asparagus – 25lbs
Kale – 50lbs
Onions – 105lbs
Total -180lbs


Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 5-3-16

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May 042016
 

On Friday evening, May 6, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a picnic by the garden.

Here’s the schedule:

6 pm or so – Potluck – Bring a side dish or something from the deli. Brats, burgers and a vegetarian black bean enchilada casserole and soft drinks will be provided. There are picnic tables but you might bring a lawn chair, too.

7 pm or so – Gardening or Pollinator Program –.

Time for gardening or learn about the important role of pollinators in the garden. An educator from the Polk County Conservation will be on-hand to conduct this 45 minute program for children and families.

8:30 pm or so – Head Home

Please contact Tim Goldman at 745-9842 or timothyjgoldman@gmail.com  by 3 pm on Friday if you plan to attend the potluck.
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Name that Pollinator Contest: Do you know the name of this native plant?

Pollinator-Contest

First correct answer will receive: Plants of the Bible Playing Cards – Email: timothyjgoldman@gmail.com

Plants of the Bible


Partnership with the  LSI Refugee Community Services Program enters fourth year

Starting on June 9 and running through August 18, refugees from Bhutan will join with local volunteers to tend the Faith & Grace Garden. The refugees will be with us every Thursday morning from 9am – Noon. Our refugees are experienced gardeners who love this community time and have taught us much about their culture, and how to care for the soil.

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Regular Garden Volunteer Hours

Mon–Wed–Fri: 6:30pm–8:30pm | Sat: 10:30am-Noon

The Faith & Grace Garden is using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/kWyw79
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 3-21-16

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Mar 212016
 

Welcome, Spring & Welcome Garden Volunteers!
Garden Opens on Monday, March 28th 2016

The Faith & Grace Garden is using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/kWyw79
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Nathan Dickerson sits atop his Eagle Project:

Shelving for the high tunnel at the Faith & Grace Garden.
Great job, Nathan, and Boy Scout Troop 202!!

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A Garden Wish List

Urban Farmer with little income needs help (we struck those items where you have helped, thanks!!)

Small hand tools,
1. 6 foot or taller fence poles,
2. any food grade bucket or pails;
3. a small garden tractor in need of fixing up (we could use one with a front end loader),
4. small generator, water pump,
5. hand washing station,
6. a 200 gallon and several 350 gallon plus water containers,
7. fence panels, hoop house/ green house,
8. heating pads for plant trays

Finally, if you know of anyone that has Boy Scout clothes that will fit a 10 year old. We sure would appreciate the help. I have a little money, but can’t afford any of that stuff brand new.
If you can help contact Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com


News from our friends at The Lord’s Acre……

Nutrition for Older Adults: Tufts University, in partnership with the AARP Foundation, released an updated MyPlate for Older Adults.  It reflects the latest nutrition science and is intended to target the unique needs of the 50+ community.  See here for the release. And here for a new website with tips, recipes and more.

For consumers who are trying to understand the concerns about GMO foods:  Here’s a great article in Civil Eats by veteran Reuters reporter, Carey Gillam, about how FDA plans to start testing for glyphosate residues in food. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide (thanks in large part to genetically engineered crops designed to resist the chemical in various formulations including Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide), recently linked to cancer.


For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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