Hi friends - Last week we featured our many share-givers (volunteers) in our gratitude post. This post is about expressing gratitude to the folks who support the Sharing Gardens in a variety of other ways.
is new to our garden "family". We met her when she was making a
donation of diapers to the Food Pantry that her one-year old
baby had outgrown. She brings a ray of sunshine wherever she goes!
|Jessie - such a beautifully generous spirit!|
Over the summer she has volunteered at the gardens many times on the weekends, and
helped with planting and weeding tasks. A few weeks ago,
she came bounding into the gardens with her big smile and a bigger
envelope with these words on it:
New Glove Fund-Raiser from Pegasus Farms
Jessie had noticed that we'd had "gloves" on our wish-list all summer and decided to do "crowd-funding" at her partner's farm. She put an envelope up on the company bulletin board that she seeded with $20 from Sean ("cause he's a big softy, and I knew he'd contribute") and left town for a long weekend. When she got back, everyone else on the farm had added to the envelope for a total of $160.00! Thanks to Q, Dan-the Solar Man - Twan, Sean, Dom and Andrew. That will provide us with a great selection of gloves heading into next year's season (and more).
|Janeece and Dave Cook - generosity personified.|
wears many hats in our small town of Monroe, Oregon. She is the director of the South Benton Food Pantry (LINK
) that is located directly next-door to the Sharing Gardens; she serves on several boards, works for Strengthening Rural Families and seems to go to every meeting in town that relates to community-issues! She is also cooking vegan recipes for the free, weekly class on Healthy Life-style Choices offered by the Monroe Health Clinic and Dr. Kyle Homertgen - our local, vegan doctor (LINK
is an amazing support for all that Janeece does and also helps a lot with our local Gleaners group, picking up donated baked goods and other groceries when the Gleaners need help.
They fostered two young girls for over a year and bought a swingset for them to enjoy. When the girls were able to return to live with their Mom, the Cooks donated the swing-set to the Sharing Gardens.
We have it set up right next to our main garden-shed so that, when people bring their children to our volunteer-sessions, the kids have something to play on. Much thanks!
|Here's Bella - one of the foster children, helping us with the kale harvest.|
"Kinsey" has been coming to the gardens since 2011; he lives just a few blocks away. He's been a great contributor over the years. Here's a list of some of his contributions:
- volunteering in the gardens
- donating Elephant garlic bulbs to get our patch started
- donating worm-castings and worm-castings-tea from his worm farm
- collecting lawn-clippings and leaves from his neighbors to build our compost piles
- building produce-display-boxes out of scrap lumber - both for us and for the South Benton Food Pantry
- volunteering at the Food Pantry
|John Kinsey with garlic 'seeds'. His contribution of garlic 'bulbs' has grown to our current patch with over 200 plants planted for the June 2019 harvest. One of his early nicknames was 'Garlic John'. |
|Our deep-mulch method of gardening uses tons of leaves and grass-clippings. John, who's now retired, gathers these materials wherever he can and donates them to the project. Here's a LINK to our post about using leaves and grass-clippings for soil fertility.|
|John, with a big load of squash-vines for the compost pile.|
|Coffee-grounds that John picked up from a local coffee-shop. Since coffee is not a local product and must be shipped in from thousands of miles away, it is not a sustainable resource. But since the grounds are currently considered a waste-product, we feel good knowing that we are keeping them out of the garbage. (LINK to coffee-grounds as fertilizer).|
|Sifting the coffee-grounds and removing trash that's mixed in is one of the favorite jobs of our OSU student-volunteers. The grounds sure make our greenhouses smell nice!|
There are a few donors we don't have pictures of:
Fay and Erik
|Chris and John - building a compost bin. He sure is a big help!|
- donated plastic tubs
that are great for weeding, and storing or displaying produce.
- donated carpet, seed potatoes
- For the last two months, Valerie has been making a $10 donation to the project. We've never met Valerie but are grateful for her support. You too can make a donation through PayPal by clicking on this link:
Drivers: Though some of our CSA members pick up their own boxes, we have members in Eugene and Corvallis who rely on the services of our delivery-people.
|Cathy Rose delivers to Eugene. Cathy has been with the gardens since 2010 and been a huge supporter. We love you Cathy!|
|Here's Sabine shelling walnuts. She was our delivery-person to Philomath this summer.|
|...Adri and Cindy Kitchen deliver our Corvallis boxes after spending Wednesday mornings helping in the gardens.|
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