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

Girl Scouts Grow Food for Franklin Community Center Pantry

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 10.55.38 AM.pngBrownie troop 3031 has a plot in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens and recently donated green beans to the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.

Troop leader Jen Kirchhnerr has found that recycled plastic containers are a great way to deliver the beans and other vegetables to the pantry.

These are the sort of container that strawberries, blueberries and the like are typically sold in at the supermarket.

Kirchhnerr cleans and washes the containers and reuses them when harvesting for the food pantry.

“They are a convenient size for handing out to a family,” she said.

It’s a good tip. If any gardeners have containers like these and would like to share them, you can leave the cleaned containers in the garden shed. We will use them when harvesting and sharing.

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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.

 

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.