A generous gift from the Prout’s Neck Association is providing the funds for our community gardens, including the organic compost and seedlings that were planted at St Nicholas Church by three friends, Kate, Rafik, and Mary! We are hoping to harvest lots of tasty peppers, eggplants, beans, celery, and greens for the food pantry this season. A very big thank you to Broadway Gardens, too, for donating whisky barrel planters (and the nourishing soil that goes in them) for the community garden at Hillcrest and to all the gardeners who share their bountiful harvests with the pantry, too.
Jordan‘s Farm just delivered our garden‘s secret ingredient: ‚surf’n’turf’ compost made in Maine by Benson‘s Family Farm. Thank you, Hillcrest volunteer Bob for hooking up the hoses. Thanks also to St Nick‘s volunteer Chris for roto-tilling. Next we‘ll be shifting all that material and planting — May and June workdays will be posted (soon) on the calendar for anyone who wants to join us in the garden
Hunger doesn’t take a vacation, and apparently neither do high school youths!
An outstanding group of friends James, Trevor, Cree, and Nick took time out of their one week of summer vacation in Maine to help us with several tasks in the garden. They pulled weeds, leveled the ground around the fence, patched holes, and spread about 6 yards of wood chips that put the finishing touch on the Hillcrest Garden's new site. They approached each project with a cheerfulness and thoughtfulness that is exemplary and inspiring. Not even a summer rainstorm could dampen their spirits - we are so glad they wanted to spend time with us!
To make room for the expanded Community Center at Hillcrest, the garden had to move... and it's in a great spot now with wider paths between the beds which have new cedar planks, lots of soil and compost, and barrels out front with flowers to encourage pollinators to visit. There are chairs and benches to encourage neighbors to stop and visit, too. We are grateful to the DeFosses family and State Manufactured Homes for their generous support.
Our good friends in the Hillcrest neighborhood are holding their annual charity craft fair and bake sale - and proceeds help Project GRACE keep our neighbors warm, grow community gardens with fresh veggies for the pantry, and help our neighbors when they have a temporary setback or need a little help to make ends meet. Come out to the Hillcrest Community Center (108 HIllcrest Ave, just off Route One) on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, and you'll be sure to get in the holiday spirit!