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Garden News 8-8-23

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Aug 082023
 

We are having a terrific year in  the garden!!
Last week alone we harvested and donated 3,689 pounds of vegetables. The greatest weekly harvest by far in the history of this garden!
As of August 5, we harvested and donated 10,702 pounds of vegetables. For reference, while 2022 was a good year in the garden, last year at this time we harvested just 4,229 pounds of vegetables.
Here are harvest and donation results through August 5:

Potato harvest delayed…we hope to start later this week.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW
Many of our volunteers are not available for the next 2 weeks (vacations, back to school, etc). Now is a great time to become a garden volunteer. Give it a try! Sign-up at the end of this message.


About the Photos Below:
Left to Right:  1. We are growing tomatillos again this year, an essential addition to many Latino dishes. 2. Longtime garden volunteer Sheila with beets. Each beet in the picture weighs over a pound! 3. Theo and his dad are a great help in the garden picking tomato

Become a Garden Volunteer…feed the hungry…..love your neighbor….live your faith….could it get any better?!

Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups:
Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am through September 15
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellent later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here.

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to volunteer as fits your schedule.

 Posted by at 10:13 pm

Garden News 7-25-23

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Jul 252023
 

Hot week underway…

There is plenty of watering and harvesting to do in the garden. We expect to be harvesting over 2,000 pounds a week in August, so your help will be really appreciated.

Mark Marshall (6’0”) standing amongst the shoulder-high tomato plants. We have some 800 tomato plants growing in the garden.


Here are harvest and donation results through July 22

Fruit/Vegetable Pounds Harvested

Asparagus 15
Beets 308
Broccoli 83
Cabbage 285
Cauliflower 155
Collards 185
Cucumbers 437
Egg plant 66
Garlic/Garlic scapes 102
Kale 167
Lettuce 453
Mustard 115
Radishes 50
Spinach 230
Summer Squash 580
Swiss Chard 240
Potatoes 40
Tomatoes 835
Turnips 292

Total Harvested 4,780


Garlic harvest 100% complete.
Tomato and potato harvests start this week.

Donation sites/Pounds Donated

Lutheran Services -Re 330
Trinity Las Americas 1,937
Johnston Food Pantry 185
WDM Human Services 2,328

Total Donated 4,780


Become a Garden Volunteer…feed the hungry…..love your neighbor….live your faith….could it get any better?!

Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups:
Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am from June 5 – September 15
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellent later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa9a82ea6f58-2023#/

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to volunteer as fits your schedule.

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Garden News 7-11-23

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Jul 112023
 

Hoping for rain…

Seems like all the rain has been going around the garden, but tomorrow looks promising!
Here are harvest and donation results through July 8, 2023


Fruit/Vegetable Pounds Harvested

Asparagus 15
Beets 245
Broccoli 73
Cabbage 120
Cauliflower 105
Collards 145
Cucumbers 212
Egg plant 8
Garlic/ garlic scapes 102
Kale 137
Lettuce 453
Mustard 115
Radishes 50
Spinach 230
Summer Squash 180
Swiss Chard 215
Turnips 292

Total Harvested
2,697

Garlic harvest 30% complete.

We grow several varieties of hardneck garlic, including Spanish Roja, Italian purple, German red, and Music.
Watering, weeding and harvesting are keeping us very busy in the Faith & Grace Garden. Your help for even an hour will be most appreciated!


Donation sites/Pounds Donated

Lutheran Services 190
Trinity Las Americas 1,052
Johnston Food Pantry 185
WDM Human Services 1,270

Total Donated 2,697
Become a Garden Volunteer…feed the hungry…..love your neighbor….live your faith….could it get any better?!

Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups:
Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am from June 5 – September 15
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellent later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa9a82ea6f58-2023#/

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to volunteer as fits your schedule.

 Posted by at 10:55 pm

Garden News 7-3-23

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Jul 032023
 

Rain over the weekend was a blessing…
The garden received over an inch of rain from Friday – Sunday.


Garlic harvest starts this week.
Mark Marshall holds up to some of the garlic harvested last year. There are over 5,000 garlic plants ready to harvest this week


Pears after the rain. There are apple, pear, plum, cherry and paw-paw trees growing just south of the garden.

 

Become a Garden Volunteer….sunshine….fresh air…great people…feeding the hungry….could it get any better?!

Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups:
Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am from June 5 – September 15
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellent later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa9a82ea6f58-2023#/

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to volunteer as fits your schedule.

 Posted by at 10:42 pm

Garden News 6-20-23

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Jun 202023
 

News from the Garden

Over 100 blueberry bushes are planted in the garden


Tomatillos are coming on….
We do not grow tomatillos every year as they spread aggressively.


Hazelnut brushes are budding….
There are 3 large hazelnut bushes growing outside the fence NE of the garden. The squirrels get the nuts before we do.


Refugees from LSI Global Greens are back in the Garden :
Refugees from Congo, Jordan, Myanmar, and Nepal now join us in the garden on Fridays. They will be with us on most Friday mornings through the summer. Many of the refugees depended on communal gardens in their homeland. Now they still like to grow their own food and talk with friends while doing something they enjoy.


Harvest and donation results through June 20, 2023

Fruit/Vegetable?Pounds Donated

Asparagus 15
Cabbage 15
Garlic 95
Kale 65
Lettuce 353
Mustard 115
Radishes 50
Spinach 230
Swiss Chard 110
Turnips 292

Total Harvested 1,340


Donation sites
Pounds Donated
Lutheran Scvs 30
Trinity UMC 530
Johnston Food Pantry 185
WDM Human Services 595

Total Donated

1,340


Become a Garden Volunteer….sunshine….fresh air…great people…feeding the hungry….could it get any better?!

Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups:
Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am from June 5 – September 15
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellent later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here.

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to volunteer as fits your schedule.

 Posted by at 10:04 pm

Garden News 5-22-23

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May 222023
 

Planting and Harvesting Underway the Garden

We are finishing up planting about 600 pepper plants today. We planted 43 varieties of peppers; some bells and other sweet peppers, some mild peppers, as well as hot peppers and flaming hot peppers.

We serve diverse communities through food pantries and people like peppers of all kinds.
Next we will plant beans, squashes and melons.

Later this month some 3,000 sweet potato starts should arrive at the garden. The sweet potato starts will spend 7-10 days in a planting medium in our greenhouse in order to develop robust root structures before about 2,000 of the plants will be set out in the garden during the week of June 12.

The rest of the sweet potato plants will be given away to other donation gardens and refugee farmers in the area.


Children from Covenant Presbyterian Church harvested about 25 pounds of spinach on Wednesday evening.


Harvest and donation results through May 21

Asparagus 15 pounds
Spinach 230 pounds
WDM Human Services 145 pounds
Trinity Las Americas 100 pounds
Soon we will harvest lettuce and radishes.


Leaves, Leaves, Everywhere!

Lots of Mulching Going on in the Garden

We use leaf mulch (mainly maple leaves) to promote water retention and weed control in the garden. We spread 4-6 inches of leaves around the plants and in the rows between the plants each season.
We thank our many garden volunteers for their help with the important task!

Over 60 Waukee High School students helped mulch the garden on Thursday!


Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups:

Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am through June 2
Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am from June 5 – September 15
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellant later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here.

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to volunteer as fits your schedule.

 Posted by at 12:07 pm

Garden News 5-4-23

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May 042023
 

Planting is winding down this month

If the weather cooperates, we should be finished with most of our planting by May 19.
We still have peppers and lots of row crops to get in, but with help from our volunteers, the work has moved along quickly.
Once we have the garden planted our focus will turn to water…water….water as the weather warms up.

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Last Thursday, we planted nearly 300 tomato plants.This year we will have 41 varieties of mostly heirloom  tomatoes in the garden.
On Sunday, volunteers from Revision Church once again helped us out in the garden by mulching around all the new tomato plants.

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The only vegetable left to plant in June will be sweet potatoes.
Due to their nutritional value, long storage life, and presence in the diets of many of the ethnicities we serve, sweet potatoes are probably the most important plant growing in the Faith & Grace Garden. We will plant 1,000 – 2,000 sweet potato starts during the week of June 5 or June 12, depending on when our shipment arrives.

Can your group help us in this important work? Call Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com or by calling 515-745-9842 to plan this volunteer service project for your work, church, school, or civic group.

Warm Weather Vegetable Plant Giveaway – this weekend!
Grace Garden Greenhouse
1020 24th Street (park in lot north of St Timothy’s Episcopal Church)
Saturday, May 6, 9am – 3pm
Sunday, May 7, 11:30am – 1:30pm
FREE Warm weather organic seedlings: tomatoes, peppers, herbs, squash, melons ready for your garden
Donations gladly accepted – cash, check or online at: sttimothysiowa.org/donate

Regular Volunteer Hours for Individuals and Small Groups

Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am through June 2
Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am from June 5 – September 15
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellant later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here

 Posted by at 12:24 pm

Garden News 4-28-23

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Apr 292023
 

Planting and Harvesting Underway in the Garden

During April we focus on planting cool weather crops in the garden. So far, we have planted potatoes, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, Swiss chard, lettuce, onions, garlic, spinach, turnips, beets. We have more cool weather crops to plant. Next week, we hope to start planting warm weather crops; first tomatoes and peppers. We are also harvesting spinach that was planted last fall and a little asparagus.  Volunteers have planted about 5,000 onions in the past 2 weeks. We grow a purple variety of asparagus. It’s really tasty….

Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups:

Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am through June 2
Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am from June 5 – September 15
Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellant later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here
Please sign our Risk Management Policy Here: https://www.growthefood.org/volunteer-today/

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to volunteer as fits your schedule.

 Posted by at 3:30 pm

Garden News 4-18-23

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Apr 192023
 

All of the food grown in the Faith & Grace Garden is donated to feed local hungry people.
Last fall we doubled the size of the garden from one acre to two acres.

In 2023, our hope is to double the amount of organic fruits and vegetables we donate each year. Last year we donated 17,000 pounds. In 2023 we aim to donate over 30,000 pounds of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to local food pantries.

Planting Time Continues in the Garden
Last week we planted 300 pounds of seed potatoes, 3,000 onion sets, and rows of lettuce and cabbage.
This week we will finish planting lettuce and cabbage and start planting broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.

Here is how you can help in the garden:

We heard you, NEW Garden Volunteers Times/Dates:

Tuesday evenings and cooler morning times in mid-summer
Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups:

  • Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am through June 2
  • Monday through Friday 8 am – 10 am from June 5 – September 15
  • Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am from September 18 through October 27
  • Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting May 2 through August 22
  • Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from August 29 through October 24

No experience necessary. Bring a hat, water bottle, and garden gloves if you have them. Wear clothes that can get dirty and hard-soled shoes. Sunscreen is a good idea as is bug repellant later in the season.

To volunteer during our regular volunteer hours please sign-up here

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Contact Tim Goldman at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com to volunteer as fits your schedule.

 Posted by at 6:53 pm