past year my husband and I volunteered at the garden with Chris, for the North
County Food Pantry. We have always worked in a large garden at home but have almost
gone crazy with the isolation imposed by COVID restrictions in the past couple
of years. This community garden has become a great place for us to spend time and
get to know our neighbors this past year. When we started, the Pantry obviously
needed help, so Pete and I made it a priority to help get it weeded, planted
and going. Then we made it a goal to spend maybe 2-3 mornings there each week
there. Well, one thing led to another and, item after item came on for harvest
and we were excited with each new thing. Asparagus, Raspberries, strawberries
and then everything else kept popping up. We met with friends to weed, harvest
wash and weigh for the Pantry, bringing in amazing poundage and beautiful
produce. Things continued on till we harvested the last big old 119 lb pumpkin.
This lively group of volunteers put the fun back into tending a garden for us.
What a beautiful mix of people from our community, it has been a privilege to
get to know them.
one story I most wanted to tell about is about how we were inspired to do
potato gleaning for the Pantry. I wrote two articles about this with pictures
in our garden blog at these links;
The first explains what inspired us to go and do some gleaning to help out the Pantry.