|Llyn, slicing Ropreco tomatoes for dehydration.|
"Plaintiff's charitable work through the Sharing Gardens was well documented by Peabody's testimony and numerous written statements from local beneficiaries of the Sharing Gardens' output. The overwhelming community support for the Sharing Gardens is evidence that Plaintiff's principle of generosity is more than an aspiration; it is practiced."Connecting with other agencies: As we have mentioned in recent posts, our connections with other agencies is expanding and deepening. Here are some updates:
|OSU students transplanting starts.|
Oregon State University (OSU) Service Learning Projects: As many of our readers already know, the Sharing Gardens has been offering opportunities for OSU students to complete class requirements to do "service-learning" projects in the community. We began hosting one to two groups per term in 2012 and have expanded our offerings to four groups (of 4-6 students) every Fall, Winter and Spring! These students can get so much done in the four hours they're here that we often have to discourage our regular volunteers from coming for a week or two ahead of time to be sure we have enough to keep them occupied! We bring students for service-learning from two classes : Geo 300 and Soil Sciences.
Grant Partnership: Last June, we were approached by OSU's Soil Science class to see if we would like to partner with them in submitting a grant proposal. The funds had to directly benefit a project related to service-learning. All we had to do was give the writer (Deanna Lloyd) some details about our project and a list of how the money would be spent. She filled out the forms.
|Koltavary GH, before dismantling.|
|Watering plants for sharing. The Sharing Gardens typically gives away over half of the 'starts' we grow.|
|Cindy helps Bella with her gloves.|
Monroe Health Clinic, Benton County Health Dept., Dr Kyle Homertgen and the Behavior-Change Class for Pre-Diabetics: Monroe was host to its first series of classes to help participants learn and adopt healthier lifestyle habits. Topics included: shifting to a more plant-based diet, increasing exercise, drinking more water and weaning off of diet- and regular-sodas. Participants were weighed and had blood-pressure checks at each session so they could track their own improvements. Each session also included time for them to share amongst themselves about challenges and successes.
|"Detroit" beets. Yumm!|
Dr. Kyle Homertgen, DO is a family medicine physician who focuses on plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. Dr. Kyle encourages all of his patients to eat a local, nutrient-dense, plant-based diet. He tells his patients that they can "pay the farmer or pay the doctor," and that their most important form of health care is what they decide to put into their bodies. To borrow from Michael Pollan, it should be whole, not too much, and mostly plants. If you are curious to learn more about Dr. Kyle Homertgen and his philosophy of medicine, here is a link to his site.
|Sabine, Chris and Cathy weeding.|
|Now, doesn't that look nice?|
Another great season of giving. After our volunteers (share-givers) have harvested the food, and taken what they can use for their families, the rest is distributed weekly to (primarily) two local food pantries: the South Benton Food Pantry and Junction City's Local Aid. We don't have the season's total from SBFP but we delivered 1,592 pounds to JCLA. We are very grateful to Dave Cook for faithfully driving our delivery to them each week.
Gallery of Givers: The 2015 season is basically done. We're still harvesting a trickle of tomatoes from our greenhouse plants each week but that too will soon end. It's been a great year.
|Sifting manure to add to potting soil and transplant-holes.|
|Adri and Sabine planting beans.|
|Seed-planting with OSU-Sam|
|Maiya weeding in the greenhouse.|
|Potato planting in Spring.|
|...and Fall potato harvesting.|
|Sabine and Elisa transplanting melons.|
|...which grew into these beauties! 2015- A great year for melons.|
|Adding lots of straw-mulch...|
|...leads to bountiful harvests and fewer weeds.|
|Heather - our summer intern from OSU and Calla in the beet-patch.|
|Gini making compost "tea".|
|The McDougals (Chris' daughter and family) enjoying garden-time together, potato-hunting.|
|Re-purposing gallon pots to use as collars around young plants.|
|Chris with grand-daughter Calla, picking beets.|
|Guys in the potato-field.|
|Gals in the beet-patch|
|OSU students "turning" compost piles.|
|OSU gals picking Scarlet Runner Beans|
|Students, shelling beans.|
|Picking flowers is a favorite task for young and 'young-at-heart'.|
|Elisa and Maiya bring the bounty to the Food Pantry next door.|
|Fruit smoothies with kale at snack-time. Even the little kids liked 'em!|