HarvestShare kicked off our 2022 growing season in March with a spectacular virtual talk featuring food-growing social activist Tope Fajingbesi and high intensity gardener Keegan Clifford. We haven’t stopped since then! We continue with our free monthly talks on the second Wednesday of each month and welcome all. Missed the event? View our past talks online. Register for new ones on our webpage.
Our community outreach this spring has been with CentroNia, a pre-school in Takoma Park that also provides family support services including a nutrition and wellness program to lower-income families. In April we partnered with CrossRoads Community Food Network to provide 40 families with materials to grow a portable salad garden consisting of kale, spinach, lettuces and more. We have followed up with on site question and answer sessions so participants can stop by when picking up their children. In the beginning of May we offered tomatoes, peppers and herbs to plant in a 5 gallon repurposed bucket. We also provided additional plants for families who have in-ground gardens. Over 60 families and teachers received plants and gardening education. Local realtor Phillip Allen of McEnearney Associates generously donated the funds to purchase all of the potting mix. Mr. Erol Miller and his class of horticultural students at Northwood High School in Silver Spring started the amazing seedlings needed for this project. Thank you Mr. Allen, Mr. Miller and students at Northwood!
We completed our Seedling Share event with hundreds and hundreds of seedlings donated and then shared with individual growers, community gardeners, at risk communities, and MoCo Master Gardeners for their outreach programs.
In June we launch into preparations for our summer produce collection, the primary focus of HarvestShare. We will be setting up local collection sites to receive surplus produce to share with our neighbors in need. Please Grow With Us by attending our talks, volunteering as a grower or driver or by supporting us through monetary donations. We are an all-volunteer 501-c3 organization so your donations are tax deductible. Happy gardening!