|Cindy wrapping baling twine so we can use it for other purposes in the gardens|
|Cindy, with a box of harvested onions for the Food Bank|
Here's a picture of Cindy's first canning adventure!Dear Llyn and Chris,I can’t begin to thank you for everything you have taught me about gardening. I don’t how I came so far in my life without ever growing my own food. I have always grown a tomato plant or two, but never enough to actually plan meals around. I have learned to plant, fertilize, weed and harvest things I never even thought about growing.There’s more, you have shown me ways to plan ahead for my future meals. I now CAN and FREEZE these beautiful jewels. I will have good wholesome food throughout the winter!! I am so excited!! I feel so happy to do this. I feel better about WHAT I am eating.I recently watched a program on TV called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Jamie came to America and singled out one county. His goal was to teach the children and adults how to eat healthy. He did this through the school lunch rooms and in some homes. Jamie showed everyone how to cook healthy whole foods. Americans were not happy about this, they didn’t want to change. After a few weeks some of the kids started losing weight. The adults began to enjoy the food and families started cooking together. What I am trying to get at is YOU BOTH are MY Jamie Oliver!I will continue to eat and grow my own chemical and pesticide free food. I love it! I am looking forward to our next round in the garden.Very Thankfully Yours, Cindy CanterPS I have already begun the spreading my knowledge, I am teaching my daughter, nieces and nephew how to make dinners from fresh veggies and they love playing in the kitchen with me. (Full Circle)Thankfully Yours, Cindy
|Justin and Stephanie, Cindy's step-son and his friend, harvesting basil.|
|Niece, Ryan and Cindy in the raspberry patch.|
I always look forward to and enjoy working with Llyn, Chris and the other volunteers in the Sharing Gardens. We are doing good, honest and healthy work producing much needed food. Food that is fresh and nutritious for people in need of it. Not only is food being grown, but a sense of community is being established. People are being shown how to recapture basic, down to earth skills that have been forgotten and lost. The present economy and the emphasis on going green make these skills more vital than ever.
It would be hard to find anyone with a better attitude and skill-set to make the Sharing Gardens a success than Llyn and Chris. They always strive to give the volunteers and the recipients a healthy experience for both their bodies and minds.
Bruce Hayler – November 2010
|Chris and Bruce sharing a moment in the gardens.|