Yesterday was a very busy and very rewarding day in the gardens.
An open day after a long weekend, and at the start of the month usually means a very busy day with lots of people. Yesterday was no exception!
The rewarding part was the amount of fresh produce that was picked by our clients. We had 68 pounds of fresh veggies go home with clients; that’s 10% of all that was produced last season out in only one day!!
Last year we had one greenhouse and the raised beds planted for clients to pick fresh vegetables and we produced approximately 680 pounds of fresh produce. This year we have two greenhouses running as well as some raised beds within the community garden. We’re looking forward to doubling our total production number this year.
For the rest of the season we’ll be running the greenhouses and our raised beds as a “U-pick” for clients of the food bank on our open days. This means we need volunteers to help welcome clients, tour them around the gardens, and record what’s harvested. If you’re interested in knowing more about what we’re doing at Greener Village and you’d like to volunteer some of your time contact Vadini, our Volunteer Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are still lots of challenges and bugs (metaphoric ones) to work out of our system, but everyone is really excited to have things growing. Everyone who visits the gardens are impressed with the size of the space we have for growing and they are very supportive of what we are trying to do with the new space.
Forgive me if this seems like too much, but I do believe in this. Every leaf of lettuce picked and every tomato grown makes a difference to someone in our community. Whether it’s having the access to fresh vegetables, the excitement of a new experience, or the pride in seeing the results of hard work. It isn’t just lettuce, swiss chard, and cucumbers that grow in our gardens and greenhouses. We aren’t just harvesting ingredients for a salad. We’re growing knowledge and independence. We’re harvesting change and hope.
– Briana 🙂
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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
– William James