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That’s how much food from the Food Bank garden plot we donated the past two weeks. July is my month to “manage” the collection of food from the food bank plot and other garden plots designated by their “owners” for delivery to the Howard County Food Bank.

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At our Conservancy community garden site, we have roughly 800 square feet designated for food bank growing. As well as a 250 square foot annex. And, many gardeners ask us to harvest and share their bounty when they are away on vacation. Or, they drop off bags of veggies the morning we collect.

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We fill wheelbarrows full of fresh vegetables every week.

And sometimes that squash thing gets out of control.

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This was July 1st’s harvest of squash. That day they counted 117 pounds of food. Mostly greens, cabbage, squash, beets and carrots. Tuesday this week I drove over in my Jeep piled full of vegetables, totaling 143 pounds. This week we had our first tomatoes, Plus, being a holiday week for many, we had donations from a large number of community garden members.

We harvested garlic Tuesday. But, it needs to cure before we donate. A couple dozen heads of garlic went home with a fellow gardener to be cured in their garage.

Gardens are like that. Some years you can be overrun with something you planted, and others you lose plants to pests or the weather.

It is nice to see that we provide fresh ripe vegetables to the place we call home.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

2 responses »

  1. I don’t know if you’ve blogged about this previously but didn’t know you did this. I am just joining a task force of individuals who are talking about this and the best ways to do it. Sounds like you may have some best practices.

  2. This is my first year in the community garden. There are 77 plots (full and half). We have an eight hour service requirement every year.

    I am volunteering to help with the food bank plot. The leaders talk with the food bank to see what we should plant. Lots of what we plant is donated or started from donated seeds. The farms around here, and the local ACE hardware donate to us.

    Volunteers plant, tend, weed, water and harvest the garden.

    Tuesday morning is delivery morning. Other gardeners donate their excess ( like me with my greens and herbs, and soon with some tomatoes).


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