Pitney Meadows Community Gardeners from Saratoga Bridges braved the damp, chilly weather this morning and helped make this year’s scarecrow.
Today a group from Saratoga Bridges cleared out their raised bed and brought the Swiss chard and corn salad they grew to the EOC food pantry.
They also harvested the heads of the sunflowers they grew this year. The weather couldn’t have been nicer. Next week, the annual rye will be planted and Saratoga Bridges will be coming again to water. Thank you.
There is a lot happening today at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, 223 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs.
Local photographer Tom Stock has an exhibit of Pitney Farm photos exhibited in the barn. The Girl Scouts have created an extensive fairy village within a colorful border of flowers with little houses, pathways and treasures sure to delight.
And the children who experience the garden through art will have their art work on display in front of the sunflowers. Prizes will be awarded.
We will also have organically grown, dried sunflower heads that can be used to feed the birds or for flower arrangements and fall centerpieces on sale as a fundraiser for future events including a Spring fairy garden with mini-daffodils. Treat your birds to this protein and mineral rich food and help support the gardens.
The Mammoth sunflowers grown as part of the Grow the Tallest Sunflower Contest will be measured and prizes award. That happens at 2:15 this afternoon.
Come join the fun today from 2 to 4 in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens and see what has been accomplished the first season.
I hope to see you in the garden.
Natalie Walsh, Garden Director
This morning, a group from Saratoga Bridges ACE program came by the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to tend to their plot, which by the way is growing nicely.
Tiny bean sprouts have started to poke their heads through the soil.
Saratoga Bridges is an organization that enables people with disabilities to live enriching lives. After taking care of their raised bed, and watering the sunflowers, the group agreed to help harvest vegetables for the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.
With brown grocery bags in hand, we went around the garden and harvested basil, which everyone smelled, and Swiss chard and kale, which some tasted.
In total 7 bags were filled and went to the Franklin Community Center’s food program where each week people in need share in the free harvest. Julie Slovic, Food Program Administrator with FCC, was pleased to pick up vegetables for her clientele who she said enjoyed having delicious, fresh produce. In addition to the harvest from the community gardens, yellows beans, herbs, chard and radishes were also donated by the farm.
In the next few days, arugula and lettuces will be planted in the now harvested spaces in the raised beds. And, when ready, share with the food pantry.
We also took a photo by the sunflowers.
They are glorious. If you want to see them or take a photo, come to the community gardens, which are located at 233 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. It’s a beautiful sight.
Saratoga Bridges, an organization that enables people with disabilities to live enriching lives, came to the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens this morning and planted seeds for green beans, mache* and Peppermint Swiss chard.
Working with Garden Director Natalie Walsh, each person planted according to the seed packets instructions, patted the planted seeds for good soil contact and watered well. In the weeks to come, different groups from the organization will care for the plants in their raised bed.
*Mache is a dark salad green, rich in Vitamin C, that grows close to the ground in rosette-shaped bunches that have elongated leaves. It is a favorite salad green in Europe.