Our gardens are producing abundantly--volunteers pluck huge zucchinis off the vine, cabbages ripen into doll-like fullness (I can't help think of my cabbage patch kid, circa 1982), and snap peas get popped right into mouths for instant enjoyment. What a summer this is turning into!
Last year, TGP took on a few gardens throughout the city. This year, we have more than doubled our gardens and the interest in starting a garden with TGP has swelled to the point where we have now started a wait list for the future seasons. We simply don't have the wo-man power to continue to take on the gardens of all those interested. What a great problem to have! So for now, we're focusing on the gardens we've started and weighing and logging the abundant produce that we've been able to get to families in need. And, we're working our dirty little garden stained butts off to get a grant approved so that we can hire a full-time director and therefore expand exponentially.
For this year, each garden host has been asked to contribute efforts to making their garden a communal or community space, and next week, Brandi Palmer of the Oompa Loompa Fairy Food Forest will be hosting a neighborhood party event in her garden. She set the date for Aug 2 to pair it with the National Neighborhood Night Out Campaign. There will be info about the growing project, a bird painting booth, grilled food and fresh veggies donated from local producers, and more! More to come on this soon.