Our big news for the week was the comparison of poundage totals from 2019 and 2020. Last year at this point we had donated 700 pounds of fresh produce, and this year we have already donated 2,700 pounds! Part of the increase was the ability to get crops planted much earlier. The dramatic increase is ... Click to read more.
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The heat just won't quit and with the lack of any rain we have to be diligent about getting enough water to all the locations in need. Everyone is hand watering, as well as John turning the irrigation on everyday after we all leave. Trying to get carrot and beet seeds to germinate and making ... Click to read more.
The big news of the week is that we have tripled our donation of food over this time last year. Last year we were at 571 pounds at this time. This year we've almost tripled that at 1,439 pounds! That's a lot of lettuce that was grown and gleaned along with the spinach, turnips, and ... Click to read more.
To echo the words of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association on June 5th, Growing to Give condemns race-based violence and stands in solidarity with black lives. Like MOFGA, as a white-led organization with a largely white volunteer and donor community, Growing to Give is committed to doing more to address the harms caused ... Click to read more.
Weeds and watering were the top matters to attend to this week. With the irrigation up and running the weed seeds took full advantage of the perfect growing conditions. Our team of volunteers spent many hours in the carrot, beet, and onion beds. I think we are on top of it and will just need ... Click to read more.
Multiple gleanings this week resulted in 300 pounds of lettuce being sent out to our local food system. Boxes and individual bags for distribution are accompanied by a Growing to Give identification list. We came up with a checklist that explains what produce is being delivered and a simple explanation of how to store and ... Click to read more.
This past week was spent organizing the seedling sale. We learned a lot and appreciated all the support with the sale and with the purchasing of plants. With careful record-keeping, I think we can do an even better job next year. I hope everyone is successful with their planting and enjoy the benefits of growing ... Click to read more.
Over 100 pounds of produce went out this week. Still harvesting lettuce, radishes, and our favorite sweet white turnips from the greenhouse. We hope to finish harvesting out of there this week. We need to turn it around to get in our early tomatoes and peppers. We have a tunnel full of lettuces about a ... Click to read more.
Our week ended on the cancellation of our Saturday volunteer team. This is the third weekend we had to cancel due to inclement weather. Snow in the forecast, high winds, and low temperatures caused us to lay down more protective row cover, inside and out, to try to protect our plantings. On a positive note, ... Click to read more.
Another 53 pounds of produce was gleaned and distributed this week. Colleen from Cumberland County Gleaners took 3 cases of lettuce and a case of radishes to Presente! Maine, a Portland food brigade. Thanks, Colleen for that last-minute pick-up. Another week of uneven temperatures and mud. These conditions don't seem to deter our hardy ... Click to read more.