Remember the story of "Stone Soup"? A couple of strangers wander into a town of suspicious people and offer to make Stone Soup. No one believes it can be done, and everyone withholds contributing until a small child, who hasn't been tainted yet by the town's stingy spirit, brings forth a few onions stored in her family's root cellar. One by one the townspeople get caught up in the spirit of sharing and, by the end of the story they all sit down to delicious soup, made better by what each of them contributed.
|Cathy Rose, Danielle and Llyn - 2010 with bouquets of kale.|
|Local kids help with the harvest.|
Most recently we have some new, specific people to thank:
Bob and Cheryl Ballard brought us a dozen full bags of dried grass clippings - great for mulching the potatoes and putting under the burgeoning winter squash so they don't develop rotten spots.
Judy Todd has made a second cash donation.
We are grateful for our ongoing community of volunteers. People help out in the ways they are able; we find tasks to suit everyone's abilities. If you'd like to join in the fun of gardening without use of herbicides and pesticides, and share in the harvest, here is a link that shows our regular volunteer times. or send us an email and we can add you to the list to receive weekly reminders.
It's been awhile since we thanked our on-going supporters. These are people and organizations that help make the gardens possible:
Chester Crowson - owns the land where we have the Monroe site. He lets us use it for free as well as covering the cost of the electricity to run the pump in the well.
Bud Hardin - made a lump-sum donation to cover the cost of a portable toilet at the Monroe garden site for a whole year! The toilet is shared with the Monroe Food Bank volunteers as well. (And thanks to Guy Urbach for approaching Bud on our behalf - it wouldn't have happened without you!)
Best Pots - is the local portable toilet service that provides a unit at the Monroe garden. They have given us a generous discount on the rental fee.
|Weekly harvest - Alpine 2010|
Alpine Community Center - has umbrellaed us under their insurance policy so the activities at both garden sites are covered.
Alpine Pump - Dorothy and Gary give us permission to put the gardens' trash into their dumpster.
Jennifer Revais - empties the garbage cans at Alpine's Chapel Park as an on-going service.
...and The Tribune News - our great, local, weekly paper has been very helpful in printing many of our posts and helping us circulate news of the gardens to a much larger audience than we can reach on-line.
If you've been itching to get involved in some way and would like to know how you can add your "onions" to the pot, check out our Wish List below, or come down on one of the volunteer days and share in the "stone soup" garden.
Here is our current wishlist
Garden locations and volunteer times
|Happy pumpkin picker - 2010|