Community Growing: produce for the Belmont Food Pantry

Learn about vegetable gardening and help grow food for those who need it. Sign up for a turn to care for the garden (water and weed) for one week. Harvest and take home anything that you would like. The rest of the produce will be donated to local families in need. No experience necessary!

This a great way to learn more about growing a variety of vegetables and herbs, taste some new things, and help others in our community.

Volunteer opportunities  Can you help with watering and weeding? No experience is needed.

Peas growing in the Rock Meadow garden

Peas growing in May

The job: Water and weed the garden 2–3 times a week, for a one-week period at your convenience. It should take between 1.5 to 2 hours in the garden each week, broken up over different days.

Tending the garden is a great activity to do with kids, or if you seek the peacefulness of a garden. It provides a very concrete way to experience the growing of food and sharing the harvest with others in need while enjoying the peaceful setting of Rock Meadow.

We will provide instructions, tools, and hoses in the garden. Signup for working at the Rock Meadow garden.

Community Growing - Rock Meadow garden

The Rock Meadow garden

Here’s how the project has grown:

  • In 2012, we experimented by growing produce in someone’s front yard. It worked well, so we decided to expand.
  • In 2013, we built four raised beds at the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont.
  • In 2014, the Belmont High School Garden and Food Justice Club added beds at the high school.
  • In 2015, we added a bed at the Belmont Victory Garden at Rock Meadow.
  • In 2016, we donated 235 pounds of produce to the Belmont Food Pantry from the gardens at Beth El Temple Center & Rock Meadow.
  • See a 2017 story in the Belmont Citizen-Herald.

See our blog posts about Community Growing.

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