FAITH FARM V.2

Last year I wrote about a new gardening project.

It’s a small city lot

Filled with raised beds.

Faith Farm is a production and teaching garden

For Loaves & Fishes.

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A food resource center feeding over 800 families each month.

In our inaugural year we grew 3,000 pounds of fresh organic vegetables.

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That were picked fresh and given to the clients at L & F.

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WOW!

What fun we had.

So much so that we’ve re-arranged and added 8 new beds

Which should increase our production significantly.

Yesterday was Family Volunteering Day

At Loaves & Fishes.

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We do this every other month from February through October.

It’s a great way to introduce people to our program.

A sponsor is found for each month.

They provide the lunch and a great t-shirt.

Thanks 1st Presbyterian.

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Volunteers do all kinds of things that don’t get done

In the normal course of things.

Deep cleaning, painting & 0rganizing.

A lucky few

Get to go to Faith Farm.

I was one of the lucky ones.

I love this place.

And it’s great fun to see not only the vegetables grow.

But also the people.

Yesterday was no exception.

We happen to have several volunteers from the air force base here.

So we had natives of

North Carolina,

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Portland,

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D.C

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And England.

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Along with Andrew from Maryland.

Andrew is the minister at 1st Presbyterian.

He grew up a city boy in Baltimore.

In addition to being a minister he’s also a gifted pianist and organist.

Those hands hadn’t spent much time in the dirt.

Until he moved here.

From that first fall he’s been working in the yard of his home.

Yesterday he helped chop leaves

And spread them on the bed for mulch.

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Then he planted carrots.

And he was hooked.

Before sunset

He texted that he when he got home he planted

Lettuce, carrots, beets and radishes.

He also reports that Loaves & Fishes

Is a blessing to more than just those who need food.

And that’s the thing we are hoping for.

Spreading the word about hunger

And how we and many like us across the country

Are feeding our hungry neighbors.

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You can help us.

We are in the middle of a contest to win a $20,000.00 grant

From Seeds of Change

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For Faith Farm

Just go to http://www.seedsofchangegrant.com to vote.

Search Faith Farm.

Please vote everyday between now and April 27th.

We’ll use the money to grow more to feed more.

And we’ll teach clients and pilots and ministers and neighbors

About growing their own vegetables along the way.

Gail

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