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Hello Friends,

This draft business plan lays the foundation for an enterprise which feeds hungry local people and provides paid work opportunities for local poor people through a partnership of schools, faith communities and service organizations. Operation and control of the enterprise will be transferred to the people it serves after a period of successful operation. This draft business plan is in its formative stages and subject to change. Interested local organizations are invited to consider becoming partners.

Click here to download the business draft
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For more information contact Tim Goldman at:
timothyjgoldman@gmail.com or call 515-745-9842

Thanks,
Tim

Photos from our Grow the Food Meeting at St. Timothy’s February, 2012

Hello Garden Friends:

A GREAT BIG FAT THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!

We did it! This year the Des Moines area food pantry gardens donated a combined total of over 15,000 pounds of food to feed local hungry people!!

Here’s what is going on in a garden near you this week:

Agape Garden 7384 NW 16th Street in Ankeny (Next to the Faith Chapel and close by John Deere)

We finished gardening last Saturday and put the garden to bed. See you next spring!!

For more information about volunteer opportunities next year, contact David Hance at david.hance@mchsi.com or by calling 480-7579 or contact Craig Crist at cwcrist@aol.com or by calling 515-577-8260.

Faith & Grace Garden, Corner of 24th & Ashworth, WDM, just west of St. Timothy’s, park in the lot north of the church off 24th Street.

Come join us this Sunday afternoon from 1pm – 5pm for apple cider and refreshments while we continue pulling up fences and tomatoes cages. It should be a great afternoon of socializing and enjoying a sunny autumn day.

For more information contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmil.com or call 745-9842 or contact Mark Marshall at wdmmarshall@msn.com or call 988-5381.

Urban Harvest Garden, located behind Urban Heights Covenant Church, 7605 Aurora

Urban Harvest has still got some great lettuce and beets but last Sunday was spent picking all the tomatoes and then ripping out vines and beginning the process of putting the garden to bed. Plans are to get it ready to plow an expanded garden for next year . We decided that we needed just a little more room to breathe! No estimates on the produce for this year but next year we will do a better job. Continue watching on facebook and the blog for some additional end of the garden recipes and continue checking in as we make plans for next year.

Watch the blog http://urban-harvest.blogspot.com/ or follow us on Facebook Urban Harvest (you can also link off our church website at desmoineschurch.org for up to the minute news and schedules.

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Would you like to learn more about the problem of hunger in our community? Or maybe start a food pantry garden? Attached to this email is a brochure for the 2011 Hope for the Hungry conference:coming up on Saturday, Nov 12 from 8am to 4pm – Trinity United Methodist Church

Here’s a great video set by Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD:

TEDxDirigo – Roger Doiron – A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezuz_-eZTMI

Roger Doiron is founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of people taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the global food supply. Doiron is an advocate for new policies, technologies, investments, and fresh thinking about the role of gardens. His successful petition to replant a kitchen garden at the White House attracted broad international recognition. He is also a writer, photographer, and public speaker.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

See you in the gardens!

Tim
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Hello Garden Friends:

As the harvest winds down we are reminded of how much there is to do in the global fight against hunger.

Here is a link to the Iowa Hunger Summit. It is a free event going on this week: www.worldfoodprize.org/en/events/iowa_hunger_summit/

Women Farmers Speak Out – Free Event at the Hunger Summit. Organized by Oxfam America, this event is on Wednesday, October 12th at 7pm in the Downtown Marriott and features women farmers from Colombia and Ethiopia speaking of farmer-led work in their regions that improves livelihoods and sustainably feeds hungry people.

Check out these videos. Our friends at The Lord’s Garden in North Carolina sent us these links:

Sesame Street Speaks Out On Childhood Hunger – Real Life Families – Real Life Issues:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhJ6hfbn4x8

“We’re Not Buying It”

http://www.preventioninstitute.org/notbuyingit

Are You A Home Gardener?
Start Preparing Now for 2012
Plant a Row For The Hungry
http://www.gardenwriters.org/gwa.php?p=par/index.html

Here’s a link for gardeners by gardeners sent to me by Mark Kane. Garden Show.com has lots of helpful information and pictures of gardens.

(http://www.facebook.com/YourGardenShow?ref=ts

Follow the link below for a brochure and registration form for the 2011 Hope for the Hungry conference:

Hope for the Hungry: Feeding Greater Des Moines

Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 8am to 4pm – Trinity United Methodist Church

Here’s what is going on in a food pantry garden near you:

Agape Garden 7384 NW 16th Street in Ankeny (Next to the Faith Chapel and close by John Deere)

We have harvested 5,429 pounds of fresh vegetables thus far in 2011. The Agape Garden is still full of more vegetables which are now ready to harvest. We will be meeting at the Agape Garden on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 6:30 PM each week. Then we meet at 9 AM on Saturday mornings every week. We will be closing down the garden on Saturday, October 22nd. We had a 3 inch rain in the middle of June which washed out about 1/4 of the middle of the garden. We immediately replanted the damaged area but it did not do very well after the rain damage. We are happy overall with the way the garden produced this year. This year we did a much better job of producing the food that our clients wanted. We produced more very hot peppers and large potatoes and all sizes of onions and lots of salad greens. Everything we harvested got delivered free of charge to all kinds of people who otherwise would not have had any fresh vegetables. We gave out free vegetables regardless of religious affiliation, race, creed, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or any other classification. We gave free vegetables to any hungry person who needed food. We can always use more help. Anyone who wants to work in a garden is welcome to join us during our regular work hours.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact David Hance at david.hance@mchsi.com or by calling 480-7579 or contact Craig Crist at cwcrist@aol.com or by calling 515-577-8260.

Faith & Grace Garden, Corner of 24th & Ashworth, WDM, just west of St. Timothy’s, park in the lot north of the church off 24th Street.

It is corn-picking time (again)! Our second crop of corn should be ready on Saturday. Please join us for this wonderful way to enjoy fall in Iowa!

This week, we will be in the garden from 6:30 pm until dark on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We will be in the garden from 10:30 – Noon on Saturday. Call for best time om Sunday.

Here is what’s been donated to area food pantries from the Faith & Grace Garden so far this season.

Units in Lbs (except corn)

Total

Peas

300

Green Beans

1,330

Broccolli

152

Spinach

244

Tomatoes

1,961

Peppers

274

Melons

326

Zucchini

544

Potatoes

608

Sweet Potatoes

854

Eggplant

258

Pumpkins

303

Other vegetables

417

Total Harvested

7,571

Corn (dozen ears)

97

For more information contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmil.com or call 745-9842 or contact Mark Marshall at wdmmarshall@msn.com or call 988-5381.

Urban Harvest Garden, located behind Urban Heights Covenant Church, 7605 Aurora

Things are still growing strong at Urban Harvest. Sunday we picked a bumper crop of “ugly” tomatoes. The hot, cold and dryness have them not so attractive but they taste great! The peppers are finally going to town and we will be picking until frost. After curing the sweet potatoes for 10 days we bagged them and they are hanging in the shed to cure to November. Lettuce, Swiss chard and spinach are bountiful and we are going to do some extra cutting during the week , I keep watching the weather forecast for frost and It looks like we are safe this week. Join us Sunday and Wednesday at 6 to continue harvesting. Watch for more details when frost is forecast.

Watch the blog http://urban-harvest.blogspot.com/ or follow us on Facebook Urban Harvest (you can also link off our church website at desmoineschurch.org for up to the minute news and schedules.

FROST

With frost looming on the horizon there are a number of things to be thinking about, gardenwise. First, it’s time to pull out the spun-bond-row-cover material and get it laid out next to crops you plan on covering to make it through the chilly nights. If you can get your frost sensitive crops through those first few cold nights, you can often continue harvesting them for a few more weeks.

Second, keep a close eye on the weather – NOAA online is one such resource. A day or two before a frost, harvest everything that won’t make it through; tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, and peppers. If like me, you’re not YET a canner, you can always slightly grill, bake or saute peppers, eggplant and tomatoes and freeze them for later use.

See you in the garden!

Tim

Agape Garden 7384 NW 16th Street in Ankeny (Next to the Faith Chapel and close by John Deere)

We meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 6:30 PM. We meet at 9 AM on Saturday morning. We can use the help of anyone of any age. Please come and help.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact David Hance at david.hance@mchsi.com or by calling 480-7579 or contact Craig Crist at cwcrist@aol.com or by calling 515-577-8260.

Faith & Grace Garden, Corner of 24th & Ashworth, WDM, just west of St. Timothy’s, park in the lot north of the church off 24th Street.

This week, we will be in the garden from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday. No gardening on this Friday or Saturday.

Next week we are back to our usual schedule: 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Monday through Friday and 10:30 am – Noon on Saturday and Sunday evening (call for time).

Here is what’s been donated to area food pantries from the Faith & Grace Garden so far this season.

Pounds

Peas

300

Bush Beans

1,330

Broccoli

152

Spinach

244

Tomatoes

1,600

Peppers

274

Melons

258

Zucchini

514

Potatoes

854

Sweet Potatoes

624

Eggplant

258

Other vegetables

365

Total Harvested

6,773

Corn (dozen)

97

For more information contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmil.com or call 745-9842 or contact Mark Marshall at wdmmarshall@msn.com or call 988-5381.

Urban Harvest Garden, located behind Urban Heights Covenant Church, 7605 Aurora

We continue working Wednesday nights and Sunday nights. Call for the best time to come to the garden.

Plans are in the works for a Jack Frost party (Weather forecast will determine time and date!) and a benefit for the Urbandale Food Pantry the first Sunday in December. Watch the blog http://urban-harvest.blogspot.com/ or follow us on Facebook Urban Harvest (you can also link off our church website at desmoineschurch.org for up to the minute news and schedules.

Good information and great recipes from our friends at The Lord’s Garden in North Carolina:

RECIPES

Grown-Up Mustard Greens Leave mild spinach to Popeye and the kids. Sometimes you just want food with a jolt that engages all your senses. Grown-Up Mustard Greens do the trick.

http://www.cookforgood.com/recipe/grown-up-mustard-greens.html

Butternut Squash:

http://goodveg.squidoo.com/buying-veg/veg-o-the-week/butternut-squash

Sweet Potatoes: It takes six to eight weeks of proper curing and storage before they have the taste and texture we’re used to. Although freshly harvested roots won’t directly bake into a great product, these CAN be candied or used in sweetened pies or casseroles.

After the roots are dug, they need to be cured to heal the cuts and trigger development of the sugar-creating enzymes. Cure by storing in a warm, humid room for five to 10 days. A temperature of 80 F to 85 F and a relative humidity of 80 percent to 90 percent are ideal. These exact conditions will be hard to establish around the home, so select a room or building that comes close to these conditions.

See you in the garden!

Tim

10/2/11 – Faith and Grace Garden
St. Tim’s very own EYC lends a hand. Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Peppers, Tomatoes and Broccoli were harvested. It was a beautiful day! Thanks to everyone for their help!

Fresh, organic vegetables from the Faith & Grace Garden donated to area food pantries to date:

As of 8/17 Lbs
Beans 598
Peas 300
Zucchini 157
Eggplant 65
Potatoes 478
Tomatoes 612
All other vegetables 282
Total 2,492
Dozen
Corn 97

For more information contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmil.com or call 745-9842 or contact Mark Marshall at wdmmarshall@msn.com or call 988-5381.

Some New Photos of the Garden:


http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=D2&Dato=20110802&Kategori=COMM&Lopenr=308020032&Ref=PH&Params=Itemnr=1

We recently harvested a beautiful crop of sweet corn and are in the process of planting another round. We have potatoes surrounding the perimeter of the garden that we have begun to harvest. Some of the potato plants are yielding as many as five or six potatoes each!

We’ve also started harvesting some enormous broccoli heads.

The tomato plants are absolutely incredible: huge and bushy, we can’t wait to see this fruit mature!

We have many different varieties of thriving peppers that we’ve begun to harvest as well.

A family of Japanese beetles have stopped by… After a longer than expected visit, we’re happy to see that they are on the decline.

We’ve been doing some experimenting with worm casting tea. Our friends at the Catholic Worker House have supplied us with nature’s perfect fertilizer and bug repellant. We’ve been adding two or three tablespoons of molasses per gallon of worm casting tea. We then put the tea into a sprayer that is attached to a garden hose on our new water line and shower the peppers and tomatoes. We’re hoping to ramp up the usage of this wonderful product for the remainder of the year if supplies remain available.

We are so appreciative of those who have helped contribute to make this garden a success. If you or anyone you know has a green thumb or simply feels called to help out those in need, please contact us. This is a wonderful cause. God Bless

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