30 lbs of Fresh Produce Brought to Food Pantry From Pitney Meadows

Screen Shot 2017-09-23 at 4.36.24 PM.pngI’m delighted to report that yesterday 30 pounds of tomatoes, squash, herbs, greens and carrots were donated  to the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. It was a combination of vegetables harvested from the farm garden and the community gardens.

Thank you to all who contributed.

If any Pitney Meadows Community Gardens gardener wants to contribute, I will be in the garden Wednesday morning and can collect vegetables then.

 

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It’s All About Community

This morning, a group from Saratoga Bridges ACE program came by the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to tend to their plot, which by the way is growing nicely.

Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 9.20.39 AM.pngTiny bean sprouts have started to poke their heads through the soil.

Saratoga Bridges is an organization that enables people with disabilities to live enriching lives.  After taking care of their raised bed, and watering the sunflowers, the group agreed to help harvest vegetables for the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.

With brown grocery bags in hand, we went around the garden and harvested basil, which everyone smelled, and Swiss chard and kale, which some tasted.

Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 12.08.00 PM.pngIn total 7 bags were filled and went to the Franklin Community Center’s food program where each week people in need share in the free harvest.  Julie Slovic, Food Program Administrator with FCC, was pleased to pick up vegetables for her clientele who she said enjoyed having delicious, fresh produce. In addition to the harvest from the community gardens, yellows beans, herbs, chard and radishes were also donated by the farm.

In the next few days, arugula and lettuces will be planted in the now harvested spaces in the raised beds. And, when ready, share with the food pantry.

We also took a photo by the sunflowers.

They are glorious. If you want to see them or take a photo, come to the community gardens, which are located at 233 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs.  It’s a beautiful sight.Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 12.25.09 PM.png

 

 

 

Vegetables Donated to Franklin Community Center’s Food Pantry

kaleIn total, 5 grocery bags of beautiful greens and fresh vegetables from the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens were delivered to the Franklin Community Center food pantry this morning.

In the bags were several heads of lettuce, bunches of Swiss Chard and Kale leaves, a few tomatoes, some wonderfully fragrant basil, yellow banana peppers, and several pounds of zucchini and summer squash. Julie Slovic,  FCC’s Food Program Administrator, was pleased to accept the fresh vegetables.

This was the Community Gardens second delivery to FCC.  These vegetables are grown in plots designated for this purpose in the community gardens and tended by gardeners as part of an initiative to provide healthy fresh vegetables to those in need.

 

First Donations to the FCC Food Pantry

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Early this morning, two large bags full of chard, lettuces, peppers and kale were harvested for the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.

Julie Slovic,  FCC’s Food Program Administrator, picked up the produce and was given a tour of our 50 bed Pitney Meadows Community Gardens where some raised beds are growing food for food pantries in Saratoga Springs.

In addition, several individual gardeners have expressed an interest in sharing their bounty of fresh produce grown in their own raised bed gardens this summer with the food pantries as part of Plant a Row for the Hungry initiative.

Thank you all.