|Autumn beauty in the Pacific NW|
this stretch of moist weather and cooler temperatures it seems that
Autumn is upon us here in the Alpine/Monroe area. The Sharing Gardens
are producing over 200 pounds of fresh produce a week and our core group
of volunteers is doing a fantastic job of helping us bring in the
harvest in time for Food Bank hours in Monroe. It's canning and
food-preservation time and many of us are as busy as squirrels storing
food for the lean months ahead.
Please help us locate fruit and nut trees that are in need of gleaning.
We are interested in apples and pears, walnuts and hazel nuts or...?
With our team of volunteers we can gather the bounty and share with the
trees' owners, the volunteers and the Monroe Food bank.
We could still use 12-24 hay bales at the Alpine garden
|Apple's gleaned in Monroe|
(moldy or spoiled is fine--125 pounds or less). We'd like to build a
couple of hay-bale compost-bins and mulch a few more places. If you live
near Alpine/Monroe, we can come pick them up, or you could drop them at
Does anyone have canning jars
|Thanks for your moldy hay bales!|
that need to be
put to good use? Our supply is nearing its end and we still have a lot
of food to preserve before winter. You can bring them to the Food Bank
and we'll distribute them amongst those who have need.
Monroe Food Bank Hours:
|Got canning jars?|
Thursday mornings: 10:00 to noon (most customers come in the first half-hour)
Third Thursdays of each month: 5:00 - 7:00 (Free Community Dinner at the Methodist Church - 6:00 pm)
The Food Bank is located behind the United Methodist Church in Monroe (the big, white one with a steeple) at 648 Orchard St.)
Monroe's Sharing Garden is located between the church and the Grade School on Chester Crowson's land. It's not too late to come and help in the gardens and share in the bounty of the harvest.
Email us if you'd like to find out when the volunteers are meeting at the two gardens.
Gallery of Givers:
|Larry and "My" transplant lettuce|
|Sharing Garden and Food Bank volunteers celebrate the bounty|
|Judy Peabody weighs the squash before we take it to the Food Bank|
|Chris shows Ricardo where to apply the manure tea|
|Bruce on a break|
|Cindy shows off some of our fantastic onion harvest|
|Doreen raking mulch|
|Justin and Stephanie harvest basil|
|Rann enjoys the pleasures of "just picked" beans|
|Llyn, transplanting the fall garden|
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