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.
I’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.
In 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.
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.