|July 19, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Please share this with anyone you feel is in need……
The Back Mountain Food Pantry Garden is now accepting registrations from low income families and individuals to receive fresh produce directly from the garden.
When excess produce is available (more than our local food pantries can distribute) we will contact approved families and individuals to receive produce directly from the garden.
You must be a resident of either the Lake Lehman School District or Dallas School District. You must receive at least one other form of assistance as listed on the application.
You will be required to pick up the produce at the designated location (in Lehman or Dallas) and at the designated time. Location and time will vary depending on when the harvest takes place.
We will contact a number of approved applicants based on the amount of produce available.
Typically the pick up time will be the same day or next day to ensure the freshness of the produce. When we contact approved applicants, we will not leave a message on the phone. We are all volunteers and cannot wait for call backs. We will call the next applicant on our list until we fill the schedule for that pick up time.
Please complete the Pre-Registration form below to be added to our call list. The first time you receive produce from the garden you will be required to fill out a more detailed form, show proof of residence, and show proof of other assistance that you receive. If you are already registered with one of the local food pantries, please note that on the form as it will speed up the approval process.
You can also call the garden at 570-762-9181.
|July 12, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
The garden continues to do very well this year. We have been harvesting peas and lettuce and will begin harvesting squash and beans this week. Tomatoes will follow soon along with cucumbers and peppers. Our onions are growing very well also and will be ready soon.
The irrigation project is well underway and should be all wrapped up later this week.
We will begin supporting three food pantries this week as the amount of produce available for harvest is increasing.
|June 22, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Squash, tomatoes, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, asparagus, beans, potatoes and onions are all doing well and we hope for a great harvest throughout the season.
There is always weeding, watering, harvesting and many other tasks to complete so please consider spending a few hours of your summer at the garden to help out.
Contact Bob McGuire or Mandy Newman to find out how you or your group can help this great cause.
|May 19, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Five volunteers from the Lake Lehman Key Club were a big help in getting the tomato beds ready for planting. Irrigation lines were placed in the rows as well as a good coating of compost. Then the rows were covered with black garden cloth with holes for the tomato plants. After fastening the cloth to the ground, stakes were set in the ground which will hold fencing material to tie the plants to as they grow. Thank you Key Club Members.
|May 18, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
|May 18, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
|April 17, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Today we had a good crew of volunteers including scouts from Troop 241, Lehman and Troop 444, Sweet Valley.
The remaining rows for this season were tilled and raised, ready for planting.
Onions and lettuce were also planted in the raised wooden beds.
Thank you to everyone for the help. Proper preparation will pay off throughout this growing season.
|April 16, 2016||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
|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.