This summer I’ve been dividing my gardening days
Between two gardens.
It’s the first summer that Faith Farm
Has been an all volunteer effort.
It was a leap of faith.
What a fun
And rewarding leap.
We started the season with a plan
Put together by my fellow gardeners
Jim & Michael.
It’s an ambitious three season plan
Since we have a 9 month growing season.
We started harvesting lettuce
And we haven’t stopped.
200 lbs of lettuce
120 lbs of gorgeous carrots
More basil than all of Italy
and almost 900 lbs of cucumbers.
Wow what a year.
We have literally grown well over a ton of vegetables.
All of this done by a dedicated group
Including a few Master Gardeners.
Twice a week they harvest this bounty
And take it to Loaves & Fishes
Where it is then given
To our hungry neighbors.
Several times a year
Jim offers gardening classes
To the L & F clients.
And every so often
We have a Saturday work day
To catch up on the big jobs.
Yesterday was one of those work days.
We had an ambitious list
OK…we had an impossible list.
Thanks to a few new volunteers
We got most of the big jobs done.
Morning glories pulled off the fence
Before they set seed.
Bolted basil pulled, dried and ground into mulch.
Ground pecan hulls put on the paths.
And soil added to beds.
Then there was the shed.
Michael spent the morning organizing it.
These are not glamorous gardening jobs
But they are essential.
And feel good to have done.
Along the way we made a few new friends
Loaves & Fishes board member Randi
Brought her family.
Including her son
Who got to meet Charlotte
Our resident Orb Spinner Spider
She’s been “hanging” around
He also found caterpillars and praying mantis.
It’s always a good day when you can introduce
A child to the wonders of nature.
And do a little
Gardening for Good.