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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gratitude, Upcoming Events

In this post we give thanks for the many ways that the Sharing Gardens continues to be blessed by donations and volunteer contributions. We will also review some relevant, up-coming events for our region.

Financial support continues to stream in. Jean Yates, of Alpine, stopped by the gardens a few weeks ago, helped with the harvest and then wrote us a check for $200! Jenn Hughes and her partner David Kuhns, the organizers of the "Farm to Farm Century Ride" - a benefit for the Sharing Gardens, tallied up receipts from the ride and blessed us with a very generous donation of $2,000. Thanks again to all the volunteers that made the ride so fun and successful. Renee Forrer continues to be a big help as liaison between the Sharing Gardens and the South Benton Nutrition Program - the twice-weekly lunch program for Seniors. Not only does she help us with the gardening but shows up weekly to receive the harvest and take it to the cooks for use in the lunches, and for the seniors to take home as well. We received a full load of hay from a barn, full of sheep manure from Mylrea Estell. That will really heat up our compost piles! Linda and Dave Prowse gleaned dozens of pounds of apples from their trees and brought them to be shared. Arleen Looney also gave us access to her fruit trees for gleaning.

Here are some upcoming events and projects to be aware of:

The Great Monroe Leaf Drive! On Saturday, November 5, from 9:00 to 1:00, Sharing Garden volunteers and kids from Christy Warden's "Crafty Critters" 4-H group will be moving systematically through the streets of Monroe, knocking on doors and offering to rake up people's leaves. The leaves will be used to mulch the gardens. All raking will be done for free, though if people wish to make a donation, it will go to benefit the 4-H group.

We like to partner with Christy's group because she shares our philosophy of giving freely to those in need. Her kids perform many service projects throughout the year and are learning the deep satisfaction that comes from helping those in need.

The Crafty Critters 4-H group has two events coming up soon: They are hosting a yard-sale benefit on the same day as our leaf drive: Sat. Nov. 5. This is to raise money to purchase toiletry items to be given away the following weekend for the Giveaway and also to raise funds for the 4-H group. The Giveaway happens twice a year, near Christmas and Easter. All are welcome. Items given away include clothing, housewares and building materials (anything that is donated). The 4-H kids also prepare bags of groceries and toiletry items (which can't be purchased with food stamps) to be given away. Donations and volunteers appreciated.

Fri. Nov. 4th: Yard Sale - 9:00 to 5:00 Please bring donations for yard sale, and/or help. Monroe Legion Hall - kitty corner from the Post Office.

Sat. Nov. 5th: Join us for the Leaf Drive! Bring your own rake, and spare leaf bags (if you have them). Meet at 8:45 at the Monroe Legion Hall.

Sat. Nov. 5th: 4-H Yard Sale continues: 9:00 to 5:00. Monroe Legion Hall.

Thurs. Nov. 10: Please bring donations for Giveaway, and/or help with set-up - 1:00 to 5:00. Monroe Legion Hall - kitty corner from the Post Office.

Fri. Nov. 11th: Giveaway - all are welcome 9:00 to 3:00. Everything's free! Monroe Legion Hall

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