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Community Growing: First Deliveries to the Food Pantry (August 17th, 2013)

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Community Growing: Lead Gardener Patricia Kriebel harvests in the garden. Check out those huge zucchini!

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Zucchini, eggplant, swiss chard and tomatoes offered at                the food pantry.

With the first deliveries to the Belmont Food Pantry, the Community Growing Project at Beth El Temple is really taking off. We’ve been able to harvest zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes and swiss chard. Since we’ve had a critter problem in one of the beds, in addition to green beans we’ve planted beets. As the vegetables have started to come in, we’ve had a consistent supply over the past few weeks, but hope to have larger harvests for upcoming deliveries to the Food Pantry.

The Belmont Food Pantry has had fresh produce available throughout the past five years, mainly through donations from the Boston Area Gleaners. There have also been sporadic donations from individual gardeners, but The Community Growing project is the first effort to consistently and solely provide fresh produce for the Food Pantry.

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Community Growing: First Deliveries to the Food Pantry (August 17th, 2013)

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Community Growing: Lead Gardener Patricia Kriebel harvests in the garden. Check out those huge zucchini!

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Zucchini, eggplant, swiss chard and tomatoes offered at                the food pantry.

With the first deliveries to the Belmont Food Pantry, the Community Growing Project at Beth El Temple is really taking off. We’ve been able to harvest zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes and swiss chard. Since we’ve had a critter problem in one of the beds, in addition to green beans we’ve planted beets. As the vegetables have started to come in, we’ve had a consistent supply over the past few weeks, but hope to have larger harvests for upcoming deliveries to the Food Pantry.

The Belmont Food Pantry has had fresh produce available throughout the past five years, mainly through donations from the Boston Area Gleaners. There have also been sporadic donations from individual gardeners, but The Community Growing project is the first effort to consistently and solely provide fresh produce for the Food Pantry.

Garden Update — July 27, 2013

Even with some highs and lows in the weather the Community Garden is growing. We have replaced the sweet potatoes with green beans, which will hopefully catch up with the rest of the plants soon enough.  

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Community Growing: July 24 view of the garden. 

Looking to help out? Volunteers are still welcome! Send a message if you’d like to lend a hand.

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Garden Update and Summer Gardening (July 14, 2013)

A month into our Community Growing project at Beth El Temple and the garden is growing strong! This summer we’ve started out with tomatoes, swiss chard, eggplant and zucchini. We’ve since filled the last bed with sweet potatoes, which are not proving as successful as the others, but have been given a second chance. Green beans will be their replacement if the sweet potatoes don’t improve.

Community Growing: The garden on July 13, 2013

Community Growing: The garden on July 13, 2013

With this summer’s garden we hope to have a reliable and diverse crop of vegetables. Swiss chard, although not as familiar as lettuce or spinach is a nutritious and delicious substitute. In addition to its benefits in the kitchen, it is a hearty plant that has a long season and will withstand varying temperatures. Zucchini is another resilient vegetable, flourishing soon after planting and before long is ready for harvest. Eggplant is often overlooked in backyard gardens, but also makes a great crop and has plenty of varieties in the kitchen. Sweet potatoes are another (usually) cooperative and manageable plant that makes a delicious variety of summer dishes. Although they are more difficult to grow, tomatoes are similarly a summertime favorite and are one of the most popular backyard garden vegetables.

As the garden gets busier we are still looking for volunteers to help out! Send a message if you’d like to lend a hand.

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Garden update, Independence Day

Things are growing for Independence Day.

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The Community Growing project is up and running for 2013. Belmont’s Beth-El Temple Center has generously give us space for four raised beds. We’ll be growing produce for the Belmont Food Pantry.

As the season progresses, we’ll post photos and stories here.

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And remember, it’s called COMMUNITY Growing. We’d love to have help from members of the Community. Click the Contact Us link and send a message if you’d like to help. You don’t have to be a master gardener, you just need some free time.