The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the garden is growing! The Food For All team has been working hard both in and outside the garden.
At the garden, food has been coming out and seeds are going in! Our potatoes were pulled and harvested at our last volunteer days. We think about 40 pounds of gold and about 20 pounds of both red and blue potatoes were harvested. This food will find its way to CHD’s Not Bread Alone, The Amherst Survival Center, and community members and volunteers alike. Potatoes are a great crop for us to grow- they’re low maintenance, and can be stored for long periods of time.
In place of the potatoes, our garden manager Jason created some raised beds. In its place were planning to plant some late season crops: lettuce, carrots, beets, and broccoli. Come join us at volunteer hours to help put some of these in the ground! Our last one (for the summer season, at least) is August 25th 10am-12pm.
In the next coming days and weeks, we’ll be doing a couple things. First, our carrots are nearly ready to come out of the ground- hopefully within the next coming days! We have three beds of carrots each holding three rows. In addition, our onions are also ready to come out of the ground! Our smaller variety of onions still need a couple weeks to mature. We also have a large amount of kale at the far end of the garden bursting with leaves and ready to be harvested! This season we grew two kinds of varieties, including Red Russian and the classic Green Curly. Our kale plants will continue to grow well into the fall, and can even withstand some snow.
Our sunflowers are blooming, our herbs, including Thyme, Basil, and Sage are growing steadily, and the garden bursts with more life everyday! Outside of food production, the Food For All team has been hosting and planning some different community activities.
Two of Sarah’s summer courses stopped by for two days, helping to harvest and
weed our garden, while also participating in a discussion with the Western Mass Food Bank about food policy and food security. Volunteer days have been successful with good company and good snacks, and the Food For All team continues to meet and ruminate over new ideas.
With harvestable crops appearing our education team is planning workshops, partnering with Not Bread Alone, and our volunteers, to continue to learn and work hard rowing food
for the food banks and kitchens in our community.
Hope to see you soon!
– Brian, Food For All Education Team