Sep 052023

Volunteer times revised for Tuesday evenings.
Gardening on Tuesday evenings is canceled until September 26.
Name That Vegetable Contest 2023 – Our Annual Contest is Back!
Can you identify the vegetable below? If so, please reply to this message. First person to correctly guess will win a prize. The winner will be announced in our next issue.
(Hint: It’s actually a fruit.)

Sweet potato greens – Delicious and Nutritious – Have you tried them?
Soon we will be harvesting a large crop of sweet potatoes. Their beautiful vines and leaves occupy a large section of the garden.
We are not donating sweet potato leaves to the food pantries yet. Most food pantry patrons do not know how good sweet potato leaves are to eat.
If you would like to pick some sweet potato leaves, please come to the garden during our regular volunteer times and help yourself.

Sweet Potato Greens Stir Fry
1 bunch of sweet potato leaves
1 tbsp cooking oil
3-5 cloves of garlic, smashed
Salt, as desired
1 tsp Fermented bean curd (optional)
Wash sweet potato leaves and cut off the stem area, leaving only the leaves and a bit of the tender parts of the stem.

Wash sweet potato leaves and cut off the stem area, leaving only the leaves and a bit of the tender parts of the stem.
In a wok or cooking pan, add cooking oil and smashed garlic, and cook on high heat for just about a minute.
Add the sweet potato leaves into the wok/pan and stir fry until veggies are halfway wilted. Add the fermented bean curd (optional) and salt to taste.
Stir fry until veggies are soft, and then remove from heat immediately to avoid overcooking.

Sweet potato greens nutrition: Macronutrients

Carbohydrates, protein, and fiber
Low in saturated fat and cholesterol
Omega 3 fatty acids, which contribute to all tissues in the body functioning normally, including the heart, lungs, blood vessels, immune system, and hormone production
Sweet potato leaf nutrition: Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals)
Vitamins: A, C, K, B1, B2, B3, B9
Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium. Also contains zinc, manganese, copper
Low in sodium

Become a Garden Volunteer…feed the hungry… 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 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm from September 26 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 to volunteer as fits your schedule.

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