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.

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Garden News 4-12-23

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Apr 122023
 

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.

Its Planting Time in the Garden

Planting time is upon us! Yesterday Mark Marshall planted 300 pounds of potatoes using our new potato planter.  Today we will start planting onions….we need your help!

Here is how you can help in the garden:

Regular volunteer hours for individuals and small groups during 2023 are Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 11:30am.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.

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Garden News 3-16-23

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Mar 162023
 

2023 Growing Season now Underway…In the Greenhouse

Garden volunteers have been busy in the Faith & Grace Greenhouse since February, first planting cool weather vegetable seedlings and more recently transplanting those seedlings into larger containers. Our cool weather seedlings include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, kale, onions, lettuce, mustard, shallots and garlic.

At the end of March and into April, many of these plants will be given away free of charge to local church and school donation gardens. Others will be distributed to refugee farmers enrolled in the Lutheran Services Global Greens program.

Volunteers needed in the greenhouse next week (3/20 – 24) and in the garden the following week (3/27-31) in the morning, and Saturday, 4/1 in the afternoon. Please sign-up below.
Greenhouse Sign-Up: Next week we will continue transplanting from 10am – Noon.
No experience necessary. Please sign-up here.
Garden Sign-Up: We will be planting onions in the area north of the greenhouse.

No experience necessary. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Please sign-up here.

——————————————————–For more information about how you or your group can volunteer or provide financial support to the Faith & Grace Garden, please contact:

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

For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden see:  www.growthefood.org

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Garden News 1-16-23

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Jan 162023
 

Celebrating 23 Years of Feeding the Hungry – Looking Back at the 2022 Growing Season

Last year was a challenging one in the Faith & Grace Garden with plenty of hot days followed by the devastating hail storm in August.

Appraising the damage after the hail storm, chief gardener Mark Marshall said, “It was as if the whole garden had gone through a blender.” Mark estimated the garden lost all of the 1,000 tomato plants and 800 pepper plants growing in the garden.

Fortunately, our root crops were spared by the hailstorm, and we were able to harvest some of the tomatoes, peppers and other above ground crops prior to the hailstorm. We finished the year donating a total of 16,993 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables to feed the local hungry as shown below.

What we grew

Lbs

What we grew (con’t)

Lbs (con’t)

Apples

40

Peppers

472

Asparagus

50

Radishes

195

Beets

215

Spinach

33

Bush Beans

130

Summer Squash

385

Blueberries

60

Sweet Potatoes

950

Broccoli

65

Swiss Chard

185

Cabbage

3,599

Potatoes

5,236

Cauliflower

50

Tomatoes

2,225

Cucumbers

1,510

Turnips

230

Garlic/ garlic scapes

120

Total Harvested

16,993

Kale

198

Where Donated

Lettuce

390

Trinity Los Americos

7,533

Mustard

75

Johnston Food Pantry

2,113

Onions

500

WDM Human Services

7,347

Pears

80

Total Donated

16,993

Looking Ahead to the 2023 Growing Season

While gardeners always tend to be hopeful about the next growing season, we are especially excited about 2023 as we will nearly double the size of the Faith & Grace Garden – to almost 2 acres!

We are adjusting our sites now and hope to donate 30,000+ pounds of organic fruits and vegetables in the coming growing season to feed the growing number of hungry people in central Iowa. It’s a lofty goal for us but with the continued efforts of our volunteers and our financial supporters we believe it’s possible.

Work is already underway; a tract of approximately one acre north of the present garden site is cleared, tilled and manured. We are fundraising now to fence in the area. In the spring we will plant the new area.

In addition, the Faith & Grace Garden Greenhouse is now brimming with about 70,000 onion, garlic and shallot starts. Some of these plant starts will go in our garden, but many (most) of these plant starts will be donated to other church, school and refugee gardens. Some will be given at no charge to our community neighbors for their gardens.

In February, we will start more cool weather plants like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts in the greenhouse. In April, we will start warm-weather plants like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant in the greenhouse.


Mark Marshall on the Mend

As some of you know, chief gardener Mark Marshall fell on the ice while walking his dog two weeks ago, and broke his leg and ankle. Mark is mending now, but will be in a boot for awhile.

Notes of care may be sent to Mark at:
5617 Orchard Drive in West Des Moines, IA 50266.

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Garden News 6-19-22

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Jun 192022
 

Serving Hands Donates $5,000 to the Faith & Grace Garden for the purchase of a tractor trailer

Jan Stegeman of Serving Hands presented a check for $5,000 to Mark Marshall and Tim Goldman of the Faith and Grace Garden on Friday for the purchase of a tractor trailer.

Serving Hands, Inc. is a non-denominational, not-for-profit Iowa corporation dedicated to helping Iowans who are struggling to support themselves and their families. Serving Hands, Inc. is a public charity funded by individual and corporate sponsors and is run by volunteers. Established in December 2018, they provide meals to emergency shelters; supplies personal hygiene products, laundry and cleaning supplies to food pantries and shelters; and give financial support for specific needs.

The new trailer will allow the garden tractor to be used to help other donation gardens, refugee gardens, and school gardens with heavy tasks.

New Volunteer Times and Dates to Beat the Heat!!
We have changed our volunteer times to 8:30-10:30am and volunteer days to Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

We have discontinued volunteering in the evenings.
To volunteer in the garden, please sign-up here.

Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate with you, 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.
Bring garden gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them.
Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear hard-soled shoes. Hats, sunscreen, and water bottles are also good ideas.

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 or go here to donate online: https://www.growthefood.org/donate/

What’s growing in the Faith & Grace Garden:

How many plants (approx)

Progress

Onions & garlic

9,000 or so

Planting complete

Cabbage

1200

Planting complete

Broccoli

170

Planting complete

Cauliflower

170

Planting complete

Kale

One row

Planting complete

Potatoes

400 pounds of seed potatoes

Planting complete

Peppers

600

Planting complete

Sweet potatoes

2,000

Planting 1,000 more.

Swiss Chard

One row

Planting complete

Tomatoes

850

Planting complete


The following plants will be row planted from seed into the garden this year: radishes, turnips, mustard, and beets.
Asparagus and blueberries are growing in established beds now. We will harvest  blueberries this month.


Garlic scapes available for pick-up.

Scapes are the stem and the seed head of the garlic plant. They have a more mild garlic flavor and are good in many recipes. We like to toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper and throw them on the grill or to use them in a pesto.

We detached the scapes from our garlic earlier this week and have plenty to give away. If you would like to try some please text Mark Marshall at 515-988-5381 to arrange a convenient pick-up time.

For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden contact:

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

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Garden News 5-30-22

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May 302022
 

Thanks to the volunteers from Walnut Creek Church and Revision Church for turning out over the weekend and getting so much planting and mulching done!

The next volunteer time will be on Wednesday from 5pm – 7pm, please join us.

To volunteer in the garden, please sign-up here.

Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate with you, 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.gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have

Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear hard-soled shoes. Hats, sunscreen, and water bottles are also good ideas.

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.

For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden

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

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Garden News 5-11-22

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May 112022
 

2020 – Celebrating 20 Years of Feeding the Hungry

Many of you are new friends of the Garden. Here is a summary of what we do.
The Faith & Grace Garden is a 1.1 acre donation garden, meaning all of the 20,000 pounds of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables we grew last year were donated to local food pantries.  The Faith & Grace Garden Greenhouse is a 48’x26’ all season structure where about 40,000 vegetable starts are grown each year. Garden partner Lutheran Services raises about 30,000 of these plants as part of their Global Greens Program.

The Master Gardeners grow about 2,000 flower and vegetable plants in the greenhouse for their community gardens. We give about 5,000 vegetable plants to 12 other local school and donation gardens. The remaining vegetable plants are either set out into the Faith & Grace Garden or given to the local community through annual plant giveaways in April and May.
Vegetable Giveaway extended to this weekend……


Many thanks to the students of Waukee High School for volunteering in the garden last week.
Last Wednesday 28 students from Waukee High School helped spread mulch over weed cover in the cabbage patch. About 800 plants are now growing there.


Garden volunteer Joe Van Derask prepared seed potatoes for planting in April. We will plant more cabbages between the potato hills.


What’s growing in the Faith & Grace Garden:


How many plants (approx)

Progress

Onions & garlic

9,000 or so

Planting complete

Cabbage

850

Need to plant 350 more

Broccoli

170

Planting complete

Cauliflower

90

Planting complete

Kale

45

Need to plant one row

Potatoes

400 pounds of seed potatoes

Planting complete

Peppers

600

Need to plant 600

Sweet potato plants

3,000

Planting over Memorial Day weekend.

Swiss Chard

45

Need to plant one row

Tomatoes

250

Need to plant 600 more

The following plants will be row planted from seed into the garden this year: radishes, turnips, spinach, lettuce, and beets. Asparagus and blueberries are growing in established beds now. We will harvest asparagus this month and blueberries in June.
As you can see, May is a busy month in the garden…can you help? Become a garden volunteer! Volunteer times in the garden are as follows:

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

May

5-7 pm

5-7 pm

9-11am

June-Sep

5:30-7:30 pm

5:30-7:30 pm

9-11am

5:30-7:30 pm

Oct

5-7 pm

5-7 pm

9-11am

To volunteer in the garden, please sign-up here.
Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate with you, 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.gloves if you have them. Gloves are also available at the garden if you do not have them. Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear hard soled shoes, and bring garden 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.

For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden

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

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Garden News 5-7-22

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May 072022
 

Vegetable Plant Giveaway
Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash, Cucumbers, Melons
When: Saturday, May 7th – 9AM-Noon & Sunday, May 8th 11:30AM-12:30PM
Google Maps
Donate Today

Planting season is here…can you help?


So far, we have planted 400 pounds of seed potatoes and about 6,000 onions. In May,we will be planting all our warm weather crops; tomatoes, peppers, melons, and so forth.

Volunteer times in the garden are as follows:

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

May

5-7 pm

5-7 pm

9-11am

June-Sep

5:30-7:30 pm

5:30-7:30 pm

9-11am

5:30-7:30 pm

Oct

5-7 pm

5-7 pm

9-11am

To volunteer in the garden, please sign-up here.

Why sign-up? It helps us to plan our activities and to communicate with you, 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.
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.
Donate Today
or…
Send your check to St. Timothy’s, 1020 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50266.
Please note Faith & Grace Garden in the memo line.

For more information about the Faith & Grace Garden

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

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Garden News 4-2-22

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Apr 022022
 

The Faith + Grace Garden has an abundance of cool weather starter plants to share!
Kale, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach!  Free (donations accepted)
Come to the Garden Green House on Saturday, April 2, 9 AM- Noon | Sunday, April 3, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM for the giveaway.
Parking is in the lot north of St Timothy’s.

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

 

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Garden News 3-20-22

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Mar 202022
 

We are planting onions in the Faith & Grace Garden this afternoon starting at 3pm. Come if you can!
We have some beautiful onion sets that were started in December ready to go into the garden this afternoon!
A big thank you to those who turned out on Thursday to help us plant onions.

Wear your grubbies and see you there!

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

 Posted by at 3:16 am