|Unloading firewood donation.|
Their donation is a huge help to us. We heat exclusively with firewood and, cook most of our stove-top meals on our flat wood-stove through the coldest part of the winter. Then, since we don't burn any treated or painted woods, all the ashes are clean and pure enough to use as fertilizer in the gardens. Wood-ash contains most of what's needed for plant growth except nitrogen and sulfur so it's a great resource. LINK to article about Wood Ash Use for Lawn and Garden.
|Jimmy Templeton-a man of generosity!|
This post is about gratitude. This year feels like a real turning point. After having given away everything we grew for the first nine seasons, many members of the community who appreciate the services we provide have begun looking for ways to give back. The Sharing Gardens is beginning to fulfill its dream of becoming (as it says in our banner) "a common-ground gathering place dedicated to the cultivation of mutual generosity".
|Rainbow over the Sharing Gardens - June 2018|
Our first expression of gratitude goes to our sharegivers - the volunteers who come on a weekly basis during the growing season and join in the myriad of tasks involved in keeping the gardens thriving.
Cathy, Cindy, Jim, Sabine, Rook, Kat, and Jessie.
|Share-givers enjoying homemade soup after a garden-session.|
|Cathy Rose - (left) helping us sort a huge donation of seeds. She is also being our delivery person for CSA members in Eugene. We love you Cathy!|
|We always share a snack with the OSU students. This provides a great time for conversations about organic gardening and sustainable-living.|
|We had an abundance of lettuce in March so OSU students helped us harvest it and...|
|...here they are displaying the lettuce we donated that week to Local Aid Food Pantry.|
Bob Nelson - refrigerator repair and re-wiring of an electrical outlet that kept 'shorting out'.
St Vincent de Paul - honored a warranty for a defective refrigerator we bought from them last Fall. The warranty had expired but, because of what we do, they let us come and pick out another refrigerator to replace the one that 'died'.
George and Irene (leaves and zucchini plants) - they've been donating leaves for many years.
Sally and Gary Smith - donated a miniature greenhouse, still new in its box that we will pass along to a family in-need.
Uncle Craig Erken - computer help.
Pete Alford - pick up for Local Aid. Pete drives several miles out of his way to come pick up our donations.
Chris' Dad, Pete Burns, for being a role model for community-service and teaching Chris so much about using tools.
|Pete Alford - picking up a vegetable donation to take to Local Aid.|
New for us this year is our membership-farming (CSA - Community Supported Agriculture). We have seven members/share-holders. Two in Corvallis, two in Eugene and the rest are more local. Special thanks to Dr Kyle Homertgen (our local, vegan doctor) for his strong encouragement to move forward with our idea and for being our first subscriber.
|Our first subscription food-box. April, 2018.|
Our largest donor by far is the South Benton Food Pantry-LINK. They invited us to make a presentation to their Board at the beginning of the year, outlining the Gardens' income and expenses.They granted us a very generous annual grant of $1800 with no strings attached so we can spend it on whatever the project needs to continue. They also continue to allow us to add the Garden's trash in with their weekly pick-up service. We don't generate a lot of garbage but this saves us from accumulating enough to warrant a trip to the dump.
|Chalk-sign, Llyn made for the Food Pantry in our town.|
Since January of 2018, we have received cash donations from several other individuals, ranging from $100 to $500 each, for a total of $1,100. Thank you so much!
John and Donna Dillard - our neighbors - who have also donated paint and fencing material to the project and tolerate our lackadaisical approach to weeding our common fence-line. Much thanks!
Rich Locus - a stranger we met at a restaurant who, after talking with us through breakfast, pulled out his check-book and wrote us a check, right on the spot!
Judith Peabody- Llyn's Mom who gives generously, each year.
Rob Wiseman - a local friend, former share-giver and repeated donor. We love you Rob!
LINK to Wish List
P.S. We sure love hearing your comments! Won't you please take a moment and leave them below so others can enjoy them too :-). Love, Llyn and Chris
We got a nice comment on this post from a friend of ours and guest-blogger to our site. She wrote:
Llyn & Chris --Well, this post just begs a big THANK YOU in return -- both for the work you do, and for faithfully reporting back on your progress. This project is social experiment that I SO enjoy watching unfold (better than anything on Netflix, let me tell you!)
Happy summer gardening!!
Here's the post she wrote about the SG back in 2012:
The Sharing Garden presents the perfect example of what this world needs most of all. I hope to spend the remainder of my life supporting this organization...Lots of love to Chris, Llyn and all volunteers!!ReplyDelete
We love you Cathy! You have been so much help over the years and now, being our 'taxi' to deliver CSA boxes to Eugene. Don't know what we'd do without you. Love. Love. Llyn and ChrisDelete
Just wanted to share some of the comments that have come into our in-box...Llyn and ChrisReplyDelete
"Llyn and Chris: Thank you so much for sending this along. Not because we were publicly thanked, but because it gave me a glimpse into exactly what the Sharing Gardens are and the vast number of people in our community who help. We moved her 11 years ago from California and I absolutely love it here. I adore the many wonderful, kind people of Monroe and Alpine who all come together to create a sense of community that was missing in almost all the places I've lived. I've had people who don't live here tell me they wished they did because of our community spirit. Thank you for being the main catalysts for the Sharing Gardens and so much that is good in South Benton county.
Sally & Gary"
From one of the coordinators of OSU's Service-Learning program:
"Thanks Llyn and Chris for the gratitude for the service-learning students! I so appreciate the partnership that we have cultivated and all the time and effort you both put in to offering high quality learning opportunities!
"Llyn & Chris --
Well, this post just begs a big THANK YOU in return -- both for the work you do, and for faithfully reporting back on your progress. This project is a social experiment that I SO enjoy watching unfold (better than anything on Netflix, let me tell you!)
Happy summer gardening!!
"Hooray! The Universe truly provides to those who have faith and trust! I am so pleased for all of your news and all your reasons for gratitude! Such a beautiful post.
Sending you lots of love and many blessings. - Jan A."
...And from our 'sister Sharing Garden, in Philomath, Oregon:
"Thank you Llyn and Chris for such a lovely post. Glad to get all your news. Here in Philomath things are good too. We have our garden mostly planted and have quite a variety again: potatoes, onions, brassicas, squash, cukes and melons and corn and much more. There are now four of us "regulars" who work every week, if not more frequently and we've had a couple of groups help out with large projects.
And thanks for the picture of Leonard Nimoy - a wonderful man, musician, poet and all round good person in addition to being a great actor.
Enjoy the summer. Lindy."
Hello Lovelies! We were just thinking of you this morning over breakfast. We popped online to pull up your gratitude post and Rob realized that the stranger in the restaurant that wrote you a check is someone he made a connection with too! Small world. Looking forward to a walk soon Llyn. Big hugs!ReplyDelete
Dear Rob and Elisa - That's such a great coincidence that you connected with Rich (our restaurant benefactor)too! He seems like an incredibly gregarious gentleman and we've enjoyed inviting him to our table and chatting about life in "the 60's" - he's a contemporary of Chris' and they traveled some of the same paths back 50 years ago! As you said, 'small world'! Love, LlynDelete
We love you and appreciate your spirit of community and giving.ReplyDelete
Much love to you too! Llyn and ChrisDelete