Since November of 2010, the gardens at St. Andrew’s have been providing our food pantry with beautiful, organic vegetables. Sometimes we cook up the vegetables and serve them with a meal that’s been prepared by food pantry volunteers, but most of the time we put the fresh bounty on a table, and the clients take turns selecting their favorite foods, or sometimes decide to try something new.
We have grown collards, beets, green beans. cabbage, onions, eggplant, squash, Irish potatoes, tomatoes (cherry, Roma, yellow and regular); peppers (bell, jalapeno, pablano), cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard. New plantings in June include okra, black-eyed peas, butternut squash, watermelon and sweet potatoes!
The gardens include six raised beds that are mainly watered with an efficient automatic watering system. Some of us gather regularly to weed, mulch and harvest produce. The garden produced over 300 pounds of fresh vegetables for the food pantry in 2012. January and February are slow months, but now with the warmer weather the garden is green and growing again.
Every living organism (you, too!) is food in nature’s elegant nutrient cycle. Composting is a great place to begin eliminating the concept of waste. You are invited to bring your kitchen VEGGIE scraps and yard trimmings (in brown paper leaf bags!!) to the concrete bins at the bottom of the parking lot. You can help build soil nutrition for our garden and for our community!
REDUCE YOUR WASTE STREAM, LOSE CARBON POUNDS, AND ASSIST IN THE EARTH TO EARTH CYCLE!!
For information on composting, click here.
As part of Spring Clean Up Day 2013, we added 2 more planting beds to our Food Pantry garden. Our thanks goes out to all the volunteers that made it possible.
For more information about the Garden Project contact us.