|April 4, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
The garden is coming to life for the season. We have already had two work sessions preparing the garden and raised beds for this years crops. The garden has been tilled and compost is being delivered this week. There is a lot to do – mulching, preparing beds for tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, strawberries, planting berry bushes and apple trees, etc. Work sessions will be scheduled for upcoming Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, so please check the calendar for opportunities to come out and help.
|July 22, 2015||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Hard to believe we are already half way through our 2015 gardening season. The garden got off to a great start this year with the completion of the fence and gates around the main garden to keep the critters out. That has been a huge improvement over last year. This years crops include corn, beans, egg plant, kale, basil, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, and watermelon. We also planted asparagus which we will begin to harvest in 2016 or 2017 depending on how well/quickly it develops its base of roots. We had planted winter rye at the end of last year and that made for a wonderful natural fertilizer which was tilled under in the spring. Produce is starting to be harvested and taken to the pantries as it becomes available. The very wet conditions of the past three weeks has slowed the growth of many of our plants so hopefully we can now get things moving again.
Please check out our wish list and our work schedule. We can use help in many different ways so let us know if you are able to help out.
The following photos are from early spring up to this past week and show the progress of the garden so far this year.
|May 10, 2015||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Life Scout Riley Newman (center in photo above) of Boy Scout Troop 241 recently completed his Eagle Scout Project at the Food Pantry Garden. For his project Riley designed and built six raised garden boxes. Riley enlisted the help of his fellow scouts, family members, and friends to build the boxes, transport them to the garden and fill them with rich garden soil. These boxes will provide a fantastic growing area for many years to come. The Food Pantry Garden is honored that Riley chose to do this project for us and we congratulate him on the completion of his Eagle Scout project.
|February 22, 2015||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
|March 19, 2014||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Check out the Cooking From The Garden section of our website for lots of new material. Meghan has created three sections containing recipes, videos, and links to other resources. These sections will continue to be updated so check back now and then for any additions.
Thank you Meghan for a great job creating these resources for all of our visitors.
|December 11, 2013||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
The garden had another great year with over 1000 pounds of fresh produce delivered to area food pantries who serve those in need. Many groups and individuals helped with this great service project throughout the year by spending almost 500 hours of their time at the garden.
We also had two Boy Scouts earn their Gardening Merit Badge with us this summer. We are glad to help them earn a badge and we thank them for their help at the garden.
The garden received some much needed equipment and materials to help make this project even bigger and better in the coming years.
As for the future of the garden. . . the big news is that a new location for the garden has been chosen and we will be working on finalizing all the details in the next month. Ground preparation has already begun and soil testing will be done soon. Our new location will provide more growing space and will include traditional garden plots along with raised bed areas, and the addition of berry bushes and fruit trees as the area is developed over the coming years.
We have also heard from other groups who want to be involved next year to help keep up with the larger garden area. There will be plenty to do so we welcome anyone who would like to help out.
I want to personally thank everyone who has helped with the garden in any way. Your donations of time, money, plants, equipment, extra produce from your own garden, etc. all go a long way toward reaching our goals.
I hope to see you all back at the garden at our new location in the spring.
|December 11, 2013||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
On behalf of the Food Pantry Garden and the pantries that the garden supports, I would like to say Thank You to The Red Rock Job Corps and The Keystone Rescue Mission Alliance. Both of these groups invest a great deal of time at the garden throughout the summer. Without their help we would not have been able to produce the 1000+ pounds of fresh produce that was distributed to those in need this summer.
At a recent board meeting of the Back Mountain Food Pantry, both of these groups were recognized and presented with a certificate for their participation in this great service project. Thank you again for all your help this past summer. We hope to see you back again in the spring at our new garden location.
To see the news article that was published in the Back Mountain Community News click HERE.
|July 29, 2013||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Check out our new section entitled Cooking From The Garden. Thank you to Meghan Maccarone for taking on this wonderful project. Click the tab in the top menu bar to see an introduction and a look at what’s to come. There are currently 10 recipes available for produce that is available from the garden. More recipes to follow.
|June 10, 2013||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
We are glad to have the crew from the Red Rock Job Corps back with us again this year. Each week throughout the summer a group of students helps with planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and anything else that needs to be done.
Here are two of the students hard at work getting the garden ready for the season.
Clarence Garey (garden tool) & Rabin Prahdan (planting)
|May 15, 2013||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
In the next year or two we would like to find a new permanent location for our garden. With a permanent location we can do more for the community. Things like raised bed areas, larger crops, more variety of crops, better watering systems and permanent storage for equipment will allow us to do a better job at our garden. Ultimately allowing us to provide more fresh produce for those in need.
At this time we are looking for a donation (or long term non-profit lease) of land, in the Back Mountain area, that would be suitable for the garden. Your donation would be tax deductible and it would provide so much good now and in the years to come.
Ideally we are looking for an acre or so of flat land with good sun exposure and close proximity to a water source.
If you have land that you would be willing to donate or lease, please contact Bob McGuire at 216-8326 so we can discuss what you have to offer and take a look at the land and see if it would be a fit for our garden.