Tag Archives: Food assistance

Beth El Temple Center garden

This was “Mitzvah Day” at Beth El Temple Center, where the congregation members did a mitzvah (good deed) in the community. One of the many projects was planting the Community Growing beds on the Temple Grounds.

Do you want to help? Volunteer to help weed and water in some of our gardens, where we grow produce for the Belmont Food Pantry.

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Rock Meadow 2016

Our Community Growing project is in full swing. Here are some scenes from the Rock Meadow garden.

We grow produce to donate to the Belmont Food Pantry. If you’d like to help out by weeding and watering for a few days, let us know.

Spring 2016

It’s spring and we’re starting to work on our  Community Growing gardens. The Belmont Food Collaborative grows produce for the Belmont Food Pantry, and some of our volunteers took advantage of the nice weather this week to plant and weed.

This project is in its sixth year. Get more information and volunteer to make another successful season.

Garlic and potatoes

Our Rock Meadow garden: Garlic is starting to grow (left) and we planted potatoes (right)

BHS Garden update: new fence, new plants, new people involved

Here’s a press release from the Belmont High School Belmont High School Garden and Food Justice Club.

Belmont High School — Now at the close of its second summer, the Belmont High School Garden and Food Justice Club held a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday, August 17th, to celebrate the garden’s success and recent improvements. In attendance were members of the community that made this project possible, including students, BHS Principal Dan Richards, and community supporters.

Dedication photo

At the ribbon cutting: from left to right: Maddie Carlini (student club member), Patricia Mihelich (Belmont Food Pantry), Suzanne Johannet (Belmont Food Collaborative), Ann Pan (new club leader), Olivia Cronin (former club leader), Principal Dan Richards, Laurie Graham, Carol Oulette (BHS office staff)

The student-led club founded the High School’s first vegetable garden in the spring of 2014.  With support from The Belmont Food Collaborative, the garden is a continuation of the organization’s “Community Growing” project, with the goal of providing organically-raised produce for the local Belmont Food Pantry. Community members care for several other gardens around town. The BHS Garden is cared for by students during the school year and summer and during the non-growing season the club hosts a Winter Food Drive, as well as other projects and trips.

During its first summer, the garden’s four beds hosted tomatoes, eggplant, bush beans, broccoli and beets, with seedling donations from Belmont Acres Farms. Now in its second season, the garden received a grant from The Whole Kids Foundation to finance cedar post fencing and blueberry bushes.

Some of the produce from the BHS garden

Some of the produce from the BHS garden

Many individuals have made this possible: Thanks to Principal Dan Richards and Fred Domenici, Head of Grounds, at BHS; Mike Chase of Belmont Acres Farm for seedling donations; Joan Teebagy of the Belmont Food Collaborative for writing The Whole Kids Grant; Suzanne Johannet of the Belmont Food Collaborative for her guidance and practical support; and Michael LaPierre of ML Fencing for donating the fence-installation labor.

New fence and blueberry plants at the BHS garden

New fence and blueberry plants at the BHS garden

The student founders of the club, Olivia Cronin and Maggie O’Brien, are recent graduates, and leave the garden in the able hands of four new leaders, Ammu Dinesh, Brett Koslowsky, Alena Jaeger, and Ann Pan. The club hopes to continue expanding, increasing the BHS Community’s involvement in the garden and promoting conversation about sustainable growing and food insecurity in Belmont and beyond.

Harvest time at Rock Meadow!

It was harvest time at our Rock Meadow garden today, where our Community Growing project raises produce for the Belmont Food Pantry.

Today’s haul was 29 pounds of potatoes, and they’ll go to the Pantry on Saturday.

Can you help with watering and weeding? We can use a little help at this point in the season. Thanks!

Potatoes for the Food Pantry

29 pounds of potatoes, ready for delivery

Potatoes in the ground

Here’s where they come from — dirt!

Pulling potatoes out of the ground

Harvesting potatoes

Water & weed to support the Belmont Food Pantry

The cause: Growing produce at our gardens to donate to the Belmont Food Pantry.

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

Tomatoes growing at the Beth El Temple Center

Tomatoes growing at the Beth El Temple Center

The locations: Our garden beds at Rock Meadow and Beth El Temple Center, both in Belmont.

Sign up: Volunteer at the Rock Meadow garden  or volunteer at the Beth El Temple Center garden. The sign-up date is the start of your two-week slot.

Details: We will provide instructions, tools, and hoses in the garden.

Working together, we can help the Belmont Food Collaborative provide nutritious vegetables for members of our community in need through the Belmont Food Pantry.

Rock Meadow garden update: planting time

We’ve added a third garden to our Community Growing program (growing produce for the Belmont Food Pantry). It’s at Rock Meadow, at the Belmont Victory Gardens.

You can help maintain the garden this summer. Info about watering and weeding. We also need help with the beds at Beth El Temple Center in Belmont.

Rock Meadow eggplant seedling   Rock Meadow tomato seedling

First Harvests with Community Growing

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The Community Growing Project at Belmont High School and Beth El Temple has made its first harvests for the Belmont Food Pantry. So far broccoli, beans and beets have been delivered and tomatoes and eggplant are on their way. Pictured here are some of the high school students who have been working in the garden.

1st Harvest

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The produce was joined at the Food Pantry by summer squash, cucumbers and greens from the Boston Area Gleaners. This organization collects surplus crops from local farms and regularly provides fresh vegetables for the Belmont Food Pantry, as well as many others.

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Work for Food: Art to Benefit Hunger Relief

Work for Food Art 2Works on paper by 45  area artists are on display at ROOM 83 Spring’s current exhibit, which pairs local art with local hunger relief. So far, the gallery has raised over $1200 for the Boston Area Gleaners, Food for Free, and the Watertown Food Pantry, as well as collecting an abundance of shelf-stable food at last weekend’s reception.

ROOM 83 Spring Food Pantry Donations

The inspiration for the benefit show came from gallery co-owner Ellen Wineberg, a Watertown artist who also works for the Watertown Food Pantry. She explained, “ROOM has been open only since February, but it’s been very well received and a lot of people we knew were itching to show there. We decided to have a June blow-out benefit to end the season. The food relief idea was a no-brainer, and we knew people would be happy to join in for this cause.”

In addition to Wineberg’s connection to local food assistance, her connection to local artist Monique Johannet led her to the Belmont Food Collaborative (BFC). Johannet, whose work is featured in the show, is the sister of BFC president Suzanne Johannet and introduced the two. The collaboration resulted in the addition of local food  – including Belmont Farmers’ Market vendor Goodies’ cookies.

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Of the ability of art and food to create community connections, Wineberg notes, “This multi-community cross-pollination is really exciting to me. It is optimistic and grass-roots. I read the paper every day and negativity always seems to be winning. This proves that it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Work for Food will be on display through June 26 at ROOM 83 Spring, 83 Spring Street, Watertown. Gallery hours are Thursdays, 2 – 4 p.m., Saturdays, noon – 4 p.m., and always by appointment. www.room83spring.com

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Work for Food Reception Crowd

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“Let the food rescue begin”

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The folks at Food For Free wrote a post on their blog about how their food rescue program works. We work with them in our Food Assistance program.