The pandemic caused many of us to reevaluate our lives and look at new ways we can support one another. St John’s Episcopal Church in Olney has come up with a creative way to give back to the community by having a dozen parishioners experiment with growing Supersweet 100 cherry tomatoes in 5-gallon buckets. This innovative and environmentally sound growing method repurposes a pickle bucket to be transformed into a self-watering veggie growing container. Their collective goal is to grow enough tomatoes to donate to HarvestShare as well as serve as a collection site for additional community donations. This pilot program is only a starting point for St. John’s however, whose new Permaculture Ministry strives to develop their property to grow food to donate to those lacking access to fresh produce. A big shout out to Parkway Deli, 8317 Grubb Road Silver Spring, for supplying the pickle buckets for this project. Thank you, St. John’s!

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