|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.
|April 30, 2013||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
|April 1, 2013||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
At the Food Pantry Garden, we grow a lot of food and we give a lot of people hope, but with your help we can do so much more. This summer we are inviting you to join in a program called Grow-A-Row. Anyone can take part and it’s easy to do. All you have to do is plant an extra row of fruits or vegetables when you start your growing season. When that row is ready to harvest, you can take it to a local donation site and give the gift of food to a family in need.
Fresh produce is especially hard for most pantries to come by due to it’s perishable nature, but it is the healthiest and tastiest way to enjoy most fruits and vegetables. You can grow as much or as little as you have space for – every pound helps. You can also invite friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, or classmates to take part in the process with you.
We’ve created a starter packet which includes more information and a Donation Log. Click HERE to download the packet. Within the packet, you will find a Registration Form. Fill it out and send it back to us and you’re ready to go.
|December 26, 2012||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
The Food Pantry Garden had a wonderful 2012 – providing 1000 pounds of fresh produce to our local food pantries in Trucksville and Noxen.
Special thanks to Mandy Newman for coordinating all the volunteer efforts.
I would like to thank the Keystone Rescue Mission Alliance who sent a crew of men to work at the garden on the second Wednesday of each month. These guys were a very big help with fences, garden prep, harvesting throughout the season and garden clean up at seasons end.
A very big thank you goes out to the Red Rock Job Corps Center. Jackie Johnson and a crew of 8 to 10 students worked in our garden every week throughout the summer. They put in a combined total of about 350 hours in our garden. In the spring they worked with our garden volunteers who provided guidance on what they could help with. By the middle of the season they were able to work in the garden without any direction from us and they always did an awesome job.
Thank you to our Grow-A-Row partners who provided additional produce that we did not grow in our own garden.
We worked very closely with the Master Gardeners from Penn State this summer and many of them put in a great deal of time working at our garden training the Mens group and the students from Red Rock. Thank you for your input and guidance.
Thank you to all of our great volunteers who make this happen each year and everyone who made a donation to the garden. Your contributions, be it an hour of your time or 50 or more hours of your time, was greatly appreciated by myself and even more so by the clients of the food pantry who received the fresh produce.
I am looking forward to another great year in 2013. Garden planning will begin soon and I hope everyone will return again this summer.
If you want to help but can’t physically join us in the garden, please consider making a donation to this project. Check out our wish list to see what our curent needs are.
|September 9, 2012||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Sorry for the delay in updating the progress of the garden this year. With very little time on my hands I thought it would be better spent actually in the garden rather than sitting at my computer updating the website.
The garden this year has been a huge improvement over past years and yet we still learn even more tips and tricks to make next year even better.
I want to thank everyone who has helped out in any way with the garden this year and especially our regular helpers from The Red Rock Job Corps and the guys from the Men’s Rescue Mission.
We have been providing fresh produce to the Back Mountain Food Pantry and the Noxen Food Pantry on a regular basis since we began harvesting. The fresh produce is very much appreciated by those who receive it.
Rather than write any more about the garden I thought I would let the photos do the talking. Enjoy the photos below which span from the start of the garden in the spring right up to just a few days ago. You can click on any photo to see a larger version if you like.
|May 24, 2012||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
We need people to help with planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, mowing grass, and many other tasks. Without the support of individuals and groups in the area none of these things get done, and the garden and the people we serve will suffer.
Please contact Mandy Newman about scheduling yourself or your group to help as a volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 674-9777.