Growing to Give interns, WWOOFERS, and volunteers 💚
This was an exciting week with the arrival of our two summer interns and three WWOOFERS. Claire is an intern from Bowdoin College and Wren is from Bennington College. We are lucky to have them with us for most of the summer months. WWOOFER Julia is from Ithaca, New York, and Emma and Josie are from Germany. Having our interns and WWOOFERS with us this week gave us a big push in preparing beds for planting, more carrots and celery were planted.
Eight of our regular volunteers came to help this week. Planting, weeding the onions by hand, and greenhouse tasks were accomplished because of them.
Gleanings took place on Monday and Wednesday. With the help of our gleaning partners, we harvested 54 pounds of vegetables for donation this week. A Friday gleaning will begin as the harvest increases.
Thursday, we had 22 Freeport Waldorf School Students and their teachers come and help spread compost, which is a big job to tackle!
A new weed control technique
John has been inspired by Eliot Coleman‘s method of keeping weeds under control. We are demonstrating his technique in the paths between the beds.
What’s growing right now?
Our early spring harvest of spinach, lettuce, and radishes are making way for warm weather crops of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.
Next week’s goals will be getting a second crop of broccoli and cabbage planted, cukes in one of our new tunnels, and everybody’s favorite – ZUCCHINI.
Meet Theda, Growing to Give’s Co-Founder and Farm Manager
As farm manager, Theda plans and oversees all growing and harvesting activities. A long-time resident of Greene, she is a Master Gardener and ceramic artist. Previously, Theda operated her own farmers market business, Dig it Farm, selling certified organic herbs, flowers, and perennials at the Portland Farmers Market. She also worked many years as the executive chef at the award-winning Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. As a chef, Theda was instrumental in building partnerships with local farmers and growers, with an emphasis on organic and all-natural local food. For fun and relaxation, Theda is an avid sea kayaker and alpine skier.