Did We Reach 100 lbs of Donated Produce? I’m Betting Yes!

Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 8.58.05 AMI was in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens very early today and picked two eggplants for the Franklin Community Center food pantry from a plot with permission.

One was quite hefty and I think together they weigh at least a pound, maybe more.

It being early and Labor Day, no one was at FCC when I left them on Carolyn’s Bench outside the entrance.

But I hope they find them when they come in because I believe it will put us over the 100 pounds of donated fresh, organically grown vegetables for the season.

We are only a half pound from this milestone. Abby, Julie….let me know!

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Happy from my Head To-ma-toes!

This morning, the gardeners at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens donated 22 pounds of fresh, healthy, organically grown produce to the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.

Twenty two pounds!  That brings our total contribution this month to about 40 pounds.

I’m so glad we are able to do this!

Thank you all and especially to those gardeners who are traveling this week and gave us permission to harvest ripe vegetables from their plots.

If you won’t be about next week, please let me know if we can harvest from your plots.

Gratefully,

Natalie

Children’s Sunflower Hour Program Had a Successful First Season

onion harvestEvery Saturday since June, children have been attending a reading and garden/craft program in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens we called the Sunflower Hour. Today was the last session of the season.

It has been wonderful with dozens of children coming over the summer to hear stories told by Faye Mihuta, a retired teacher, and experience life in the garden. Children sat in the sunflower house, which is just now beginning bloom and listened to books being read.

Over the last eight weeks the crafts they made with artist Jess Clauser included a fluttering butterfly, bee bracelets, and cards made with vegetable stamps. Other weeks, the children learned about sowing flower seeds, how vegetables grow, the importance of honeybees and the butterfly habitat we have to support Monarch butterflies. Jay Epstein came one Saturday to talk about worms and the children made worm farms from recycled bottles to take home.cly2

Today,  the project was to make a clay medallion by pressing the leaf of the herb sage into wet clay. The clay was trimmed with a round cookie cutter and set out to dry.  Once dry, they can be painted. Each one was very pretty and the children were please to take home several each.

onionfayeNext, we harvested onions. Each child had a chance to pull the onions from the ground and take one home.

Afterwards, we all tasted zucchini bread and basil lemonade. Both were delicious.

It was a great morning in the garden.

Special thank you to Faye and Jess for all the effort put into making Sunflower Hour a memorable experience for young community members.  You are deeply appreciated.

Natalie

 

Girl Scouts Create Pitney Meadows Patch

Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 9.48.37 AMThe Girls Scouts have been working in the gardens the last two seasons and we are delighted to have them!

They have grown food for the pantries, created a fairy garden, earned art and outdoor experience and so much more.

Now, the scouts will be able to earn a badge for their work in the community gardens.

This is the patch that troop leader Jess Clauser designed. Note the Pitney Farm barn and silo.

Green thumbs up to all the troops!

Produce Donated to Franklin Community Center’s Food Pantry

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This morning we were able to donate 8.8 pounds of freshly harvested, organically grown tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and herbs including tarragon, basil and dill to the Franklin Community Center.

Thank you to all the Pitney Meadows Community Gardeners for your generosity.

Natalie Walsh, Garden Director

P.S. I added a few flowers. They are food for the soul. 🙂

Mom Visiting From Out of Town

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Mom, who is 90 years-old, has been hearing about the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens for months now with telephone updates on the progress of the crops, the  butterfly garden, the sunflowers and the activities. This week she came to see for herself.

Here she is harvesting basil for Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. She was a happy camper enjoying being outdoors, moving the chair a little at a time to work around the trough, and meeting the gardeners who came by.

She kept saying how peaceful she felt.  “It’s a healing sanctuary,” she said. “I don’t want to leave.”

And when we dropped the basil off at FCC she said how happy it made her feel to be part of the sharing.

It was a sweet morning in the gardens.

Natalie

Tomatoes are Ripening

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That is the smile of a happy gardener about to eat her first tomato of the season!

There are many tomatoes and other vegetables ripe and ready to be harvested.

Gardeners, if you aren’t in town, please give us the green light to pick from your plot and bring it to the food pantry.

Thanks, Natalie

Participants Reap the Benefits of Harvesting Class

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Master Gardener Kay Schlembach took gardeners through the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens last evening and gave them tips on when and how to harvest.  Participants were able to ask questions about harvesting their crops and learned the best time of day to pick the vegetables.

Do you know when?

Morning is preferred. Evening when it cools is second best.

Kay’s class is part of the community gardens’ adult programming organized by Margie Ingram.  The next two classes are:

Jam Making with Diane Whitten, which is open to adults and children. This class is tomorrow Saturday at 10 a.m. Space is limited.

The next adult class is being taught by Kim London and the topic is herbs. This class will be July 19 at 6:30 in the gardens.  All are welcome.