Garden News 10-19-21

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Oct 192021
 

Hello Garden Friends,

Looks like a freeze might be heading our way this weekend, so we need your help to get everything picked tomorrow night (October 20th, 2021) from 5pm – 6:30/dark.
We have lots of peppers and tomatoes to pick so they do not get spoiled by the cold.
Please email us if you can make it this evening!
Thanks,
Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 | timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-988-5381 | wdmmarshall@msn.com | www.growthefood.org
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Garden News 8-30-21

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Aug 302021
 

Gardening on this Wednesday, September 1, cancelled
We will resume our regular volunteer schedule on Thursday, September 2.


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Watering and harvesting…can you help?

Volunteer times in the garden are as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
June – Oct 6-8pm 9-11am 6-8pm 9-11am 6-8pm

To volunteer in the garden, please sign-up at:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4AA9A82EA6F58-faith

Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate, especially when the weather looks bad and we need to cancel.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in the garden by appointment, contact Mark Marshall at 988-5381 or wdmmarshall@msn.com to arrange a convenient time.

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines. If you are not fully vaccinated and wish to volunteer, please let us know and we will arrange to make your time in the garden safe for all.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

If you cannot volunteer your time, consider a financial donation to continue this important work. Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266. Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.

Here are our harvest and donation results through August 28

For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden
Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 | timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-988-5381 | wdmmarshall@msn.com | www.growthefood.org

 

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Garden News 8-24-21

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Aug 242021
 

We are having a Great Year in the Garden!!

Last year we grew and donated a near record 16,300 pounds of organic produce. This year we are doing even better. How much better? Well, as of August 12, 2020, we had donated 4,200 pounds. This year, as of August 13 we have donated 7,600 pounds!

We came to the garden on Monday and there it was…A big thank you to the anonymous donor of this new wheelbarrow!

Name that Vegetable Contest….no one guessed correctly this year
Our mystery vegetable was a giallo squash. It originates in Italy. We tried the ‘monster’ variety which regularly grows to over 5 pounds. This one weighed nearly 45 pounds!


Watering and harvesting…can you help?

Volunteer times in the garden are as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
June – Oct 6-8pm 9-11am 6-8pm 9-11am 6-8pm

To volunteer in the garden, please sign-up at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4AA9A82EA6F58-faith

Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate, especially when the weather looks bad and we need to cancel.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in the garden by appointment, contact Mark Marshall at 988-5381 or wdmmarshall@msn.com to arrange a convenient time.

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines. If you are not fully vaccinated and wish to volunteer, please let us know and we will arrange to make your time in the garden safe for all.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

If you cannot volunteer your time, consider a financial donation to continue this important work. Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266. Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.

Here are harvest and donation results through August 21

 

What we grew                          Pounds
Bush Beans 344
Cabbage 2,762
Cantaloupe 296
Cauliflower 10
Cucumbers 497
Eggplant 68
Garlic/ garlic scapes 36
Kale 465
Lettuce 88
Onions                              285
Peas 80
Peppers 411
Summer Squash 854
Tomatoes 3,209
Water melon 335
Winter Squash 199
Total Harvested 9,939
Donation site Pounds
Trinity 4,983
Johnston 15
Urbandale 85
Catholic Workers 0
Central IA Shelter 58
DMARC 945
WDM Human Services 3,853
Total Donated 9,939

 

 

 

For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden
Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 | timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-988-5381 | wdmmarshall@msn.com | www.growthefood.org
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Garden News 7-24-21

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Jul 242021
 

Lots of watering and harvesting going on now in the garden.

Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, kale and beans are now ready to be picked. Continued warm weather also means there is plenty of watering to do, too. A big thank you to the wonderful crew from Corteva Agriscience who harvested 945 pounds of cabbage on Monday! 

Watering and harvesting…can you help?
Volunteer times in the garden are as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
June – Oct 6-8pm 9-11am 6-8pm 9-11am 6-8pm

To sign-up to volunteer, go here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4AA9A82EA6F58-faith

Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate, especially when the weather looks bad and we need to cancel.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in the garden by appointment, contact Mark Marshall at 988-5381 or wdmmarshall@msn.com to arrange a convenient time.

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines. If you are not fully vaccinated and wish to volunteer, please let us know and we will arrange to make your time in the garden safe for all.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

If you cannot volunteer your time, consider a financial donation to continue this important work. Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266. Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.

Name that Vegetable Contest….30+ pounds and it’s not a pumpkin
Every summer we grow a ‘mystery vegetable’ with a prize going to the first reader that correctly identifies it. So what kind of squash is it? Hint, it can grow to over 60 pounds.


Here are harvest and donation results through July 19

What we grew Pounds
Cabbage 1,485
Cucumbers 281
Eggplant 56
Garlic/ garlic scapes 36
Kale 344
Lettuce 88
Onions 120
Peas 80
Peppers 70
Tomatoes 84
Zucchini 365
Total Harvested 3,009
Donation Sites
Trinity Methodist 1,307
Johnston Food Pantry 15
Central IA Shelter & Svcs 58
DMARC 945
WDM Human Services 684
Total Donated 3,009

 

For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden Tim Goldman -745-9842 timothyjgoldman@gmail.com Mark Marshall -988-5381 wdmmarshall@msn.com |  www.growthefood.org

 

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Garden News 6-6-21

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Jun 062021
 

Need Vegetable Plants for Your Garden?

Free tomato, eggplant, and a few other varieties of vegetable plants are available for pick-up from the Faith & Grace Garden Greenhouse. Text Mark Marshall 515-988-5381 with questions or to arrange a convenient pick-up time.

Spring planting is now over…here’s what is growing in the garden:

So far, we have planted cabbages (1,100), onions (5,000), tomatoes (650), peppers (700), sweet potatoes (1,200) plus lettuce, blueberries, cucumbers, spinach, beets, garlic, asparagus, zucchini, and radishes in the garden.

Next, we will be planting melons and squash.

Summer watering is in full swing…can you help?

Weather forecasts calling for a hot and dry summer this year seem to be coming true.. We are busily installing a drip irrigation system in the garden, starting with the tomato patch. But we need watering help! Even an hour a week will make a big difference.

Volunteer times in the garden are as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
June – Oct 6-8pm 9-11am 6-8pm 9-11am

 

To sign-up to volunteer, go here.

Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate, especially when the weather looks bad and we need to cancel.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in the garden by appointment, text Mark Marshall to arrange a convenient time.

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines. If you are not fully vaccinated and wish to volunteer, please let us know and we will arrange to make your time in the garden safe for all.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

If you cannot volunteer your time, consider a financial donation to continue this important work. Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266. Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.

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Garden News 5-16-21

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May 162021
 

Spring Planting Update

So far, we have planted cabbages (1,100), onions (5,000), and tomatoes (600) plus lettuce, spinach, beets, potatoes, and radishes in the garden.

Now, we are planting peppers and cucumbers. Soon, we will plant sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower.

Weather forecasts point to a hot and dry summer this year. We are preparing for dry conditions by installing a drip irrigation system in the garden as we plant. After we install the drip system, we mulch the ground with leaves to retain moisture and to reduce weed growth.

Photos:(Right) Last week, youth from Covenant Presbyterian Church fertilized the blueberry bush. (Bottom) Dripper (red) is attached to a water line next to a  tomato plan and then mulched over.


Volunteer Times – Now Tuesday and Thursday Mornings, Too!
Volunteer times in the garden are as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
May 5:30-7:30pm 9-11am 5:30-7:30pm 9-11am
June – Oct 6-8pm 9-11am 6-8pm 9-11am

To sign-up to volunteer, go to here.

Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate, especially when the weather looks bad and we need to cancel.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in the garden by appointment, contact Mark Marshall at 988-5381 or wdmmarshall@msn.com or Tim Goldman at 745-9842 or timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to arrange a convenient time.

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines. If you are not fully vaccinated and wish to volunteer, please let us know and we will arrange to make your time in the garden safe for all.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

If you cannot volunteer your time, consider a financial donation to continue this important work. Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266. Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.

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Garden News 5-5-21

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May 062021
 

The Faith + Grace Garden has an abundance of starter plants to share!  Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and more!  Donations accepted!

Come to the Green House on Saturday, May 8, 9 AM- Noon | Sunday, May 9, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Volunteer times in the garden are on Monday and Wednesday evenings. To sign-up, go to here.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in the garden by appointment, contact Mark Marshall at 988-5381 or wdmmarshall@msn.com or Tim Goldman at 745-9842 or timothyjgoldman@gmail.com

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines,  Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including frequent handwashing, and avoiding direct physical exchanges with other gardeners. Most importantly, if you are feeling ill, have family members or friends who are ill, have been to a location where COVID-19 is prevalent, or are at-risk or immunocompromised, please refrain from volunteering in the garden.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

Celebrating over 20 Years of Feeding the Hungry!

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Garden News 4-25-21

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Apr 252021
 

On Saturday, Craig Crirst and another volunteer from the Agape Garden in Ankeny, came with their tractor and potato planter and planted 300 pounds of seed potatoes in the Faith & Grace Garden. They also got rid of an old stump in the garden. THANKS GUYS!!

This week we will be planting kale, cabbage, and other cool weather crops in the Faith & Grace Garden.

Volunteer times in the garden are on Monday and Wednesday evenings. To sign-up, go to here.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in the garden by appointment. Contact Mark Marshall at 988-5381 or wdmmarshall@msn.com or Tim Goldman at 745-9842 or timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to schedule a convenient time.

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines,  Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

including frequent handwashing, and avoiding direct physical exchanges with other gardeners. Most importantly, if you are feeling ill, have family members or friends who are ill, have been to a location where COVID-19 is prevalent, or are at-risk or immunocompromised, please refrain from volunteering in the garden.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

If you cannot volunteer your time, consider a financial donation to continue this important work. Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266. Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.

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Garden News 11-4-20

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Nov 042020
 

Garden Clean Up Day – Saturday November 7th 2020, 1 – 5 PM

Come join us this Saturday for a beautiful, sunny afternoon in the Faith & Grace Garden. We will be removing the old tomato, pepper, and other plants from the garden, putting away tools, fall fertilizing, etc.

Please stop by for 30 minutes, an hour, or longer, all help is greatly appreciated!

A Great Year in the Garden –
15,812 Pounds Donated to Feed the Hungry!
Right: Mark Marshall and volunteers from the Youth Justice Initiative were in the garden harvesting the last of the peppers on October 17.
Left: Rev. Nathan Williams with sons Ian and Ben of Covenant Presbyterian Church were volunteering in the garden on October 18.

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines, Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
including frequent handwashing, and avoiding direct physical exchanges with other gardeners. Most importantly, if you are feeling ill, have family members or friends who are ill, have been to a location where COVID-19 is prevalent, or are at-risk or immunocompromised, please refrain from volunteering in the garden.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

If you cannot volunteer your time, consider a financial donation to continue this important work. Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266. Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.


Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall -988-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 10-17-20

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Oct 172020
 

St. Timothy’s Faith & Grace Garden 2020 – Celebrating 20 Years of Feeding the Hungry

PANIC PICK SUNDAY, 1 – 3PM
On Sunday afternoon we will be picking the garden clean before the hard freeze. There are plenty of peppers to rescue, and broccoli, peas and lettuce to pick. We will be working on mulched ground so even if it rains earlier in the day it should be fine to harvest in the afternoon.

Please come out and help us finish the gardening season!

We ask that volunteers coming to the garden observe the CDC’s guidelines, Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
including frequent handwashing, and avoiding direct physical exchanges with other gardeners. Most importantly, if you are feeling ill, have family members or friends who are ill, have been to a location where COVID-19 is prevalent, or are at-risk or immunocompromised, please refrain from volunteering in the garden.

As always, volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.

If you cannot volunteer your time, consider a financial donation to continue this important work. Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266. Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.


Here are harvest and donation results through October 14
Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall -988-5381 – 
wdmmarshall@msn.com

Pounds Harvested:
Apples 130
Asparagus 75
Beets 90
Bush Beans 362
Blueberries 65
Cabbage 150
Cucumbers 82
Eggplant 290
Lettuce 572
Onions 483
Peas 260
Peppers 1,284
Radishes 116
Spinach 30
Sweet Potatoes 2,166
Tomatoes 5,774
Turnips 275
Watermelon 423
Zucchini 954
Total Harvested 14,771
Pounds Donated:
Catholic  Workers 245
Eat Greater DSM 580
DMARC 2,662
Johnston Food Pantry 507
Trinity Methodist 7,766
WDM Human Serv 3,016
Total Donated 14,776
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