Progress at the High School Garden!

What a difference a couple months can make! Back in April the asphalt was torn up in front of the entrance to the garden and we were just beginning to turn under the cover crops. Fast forward to June and the asphalt is gone – thanks to Moving Earth – and the rows are flourishing!

The high school food bank garden is unique in that during the school year students are able to volunteer and learn about growing their own food – and some of the produce ends up in the school cafeteria. During the summer when there are no students, all of the produce is donated to the food bank. This garden is managed by Food Bank Farm and Gardens (FBFG) President, Lys Burden, and brand new FBFG garden coordinator, Joanne Pontrello.

Before and After rowsTurning cover crop, April 2015 (L) and Peas, Broccoli, Chard and Kale growing in those same rows, June 2015 (R)

Before and After asphaltBroken asphalt, April 2015 (L) and New Garden Space with asphalt removed, June 2015 (R)

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April 2015 (Above) June 2015 (Below)

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Many thanks to all of the volunteers that have helped develop this garden! If you would like to find out more about this project or get involved, contact garden coordinators Lys – wpburden@aol.com or Joanne – pontrello@gmail.com.

Gleaning Opportunities

Looking for ways to have fun outdoors while helping to nourish your community and reduce food waste? TRY GLEANING!

Gleaning opportunities this season:

Quimper Community Harvest will be picking fruit in Port Townsend for the sixth year! Contact Seth: 379.0414 to volunteer or Cathie: if you have a tree that you would like them to glean.

South County Community Harvest is a new group being formed by OlyCAP and Rotary First Harvest to get more gleaned produce into the food assistance programs in Quilcene, Brinnon, and Tri-Area. Volunteer opportunities include: field and bin gleaning on local farms, fruit picking in South County neighborhoods, and distributing gleaned goods to food assistance sites. Gleaning events have begun for the season. Already over 200 lbs of various leafy greens have been harvested and donated to the local food banks! Big thanks to Red Dog farm and Spring Rain Farm!

Contact Gleaning Coordinator, Anna for more information or to sign up to volunteer. Phone: 367.1655 Email: aobunk@olycap.org