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Check out this awesome video of the kids at the Mayview Community Garden doing a rap!

Also, here are some pictures of volunteers and kids from Mayview picking greens, playing with worms, and enjoying time together in the community garden on a nice spring day. Thanks to NC State student and Food Shuttle volunteer photographer, Graham Bruns, for taking the pictures!

 

 

View the rest of Graham’s pictures from Mayview Community Garden.

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We’ve selected our third Hands on Health neighborhood and are ready to get it going!  Come out Saturday and help us work at the new Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Community Garden at Alliance Medical Ministry.   

 

VOLUNTEER TIME & EVENTS:

  • New Community Garden Work Day at Alliance Medical Ministry, Saturday 9am-12pm!
    • This Saturday we will be prepping beds and planting at the IFFS’s latest community gardening effort at Alliance Medical Ministry.  We will also be canvassing the neighborhood to recruit residents to come out and join us.  If you want to get dirty or help spread the word and get new people involved please come help us on Saturday. 
    • Please email Sun (Farm@foodshuttle.org) if you are planning on coming.  

 

  • Community Garden Work times
    • Neighbor to Neighbor      Thursdays        3:30-5:00pm
    • Mayview                                Fridays              3:30-5:00pm 
    • In both gardens we will be working with community members and youth to prep new beds for spring planting!  Please email Amanda (NutritionCoord@foodshuttle.org) if you are planning on coming
      • The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field). 
      • Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  Please park on E Bragg street (on right before you get to N2N).    

PAR (Plant a Row) Kickoff – sign up to become a member or drop off site!

    • The IFFS PAR program encourages people to grow extra and/or donate excess produce to people in need through IFFS.  We will have weekly PAR produce drop-off sites at locations around our 7 county service area, including at Logan’s on Saturday mornings. 
    • If you are interested in becoming a member (donating produce from your own harvest) or know of a farmers market or store that might be interested in becoming a PAR drop-off site please contact Katherine@FoodShuttle.org

 

  • Wanted: Garden Leaders
    • We are looking to grow our garden team and think you might be the perfect fit!  We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to help lead other volunteers and community members in the gardens this spring and summer at the same time every week.  We will send out more information soon but will likely need at least 1 person for  Wednesdays from 5-6:30pm and another person for Fridays from 5-6pm.  Please email email Amanda (NutritionCoord@foodshuttle.org) if you are interested. 

LOCAVORE LUNCH – This week’s topic: Planning for the future of the Locavore Lunch. 

Every Wednesday at noon we are holding local agricultural discussion groups at Farmhouse Pizza, 3011 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. We will be serving a pizza made using some (hopefully soon to be all) local ingredients from NCSU’s Farmers’ Market. Please RSVP to Steve (steven.p.horton@gmail.com) so he knows many pizzas to have made.  If you can contribute, he is asking for a $5 donation… if you can’t afford the cost we’ll gladly cover you in return for good conversation!   A portion of the proceeds will go to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  This week we will meet to discuss ideas and thoughts for this year’s locavore lunches including volunteer coordinators and guest speakers.

FARMS & GARDEN BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farms & Gardens and PAR programs through the IFFS blog farmsandgardens.wordpress.com.  Use the blog to check out weekly ripe recipes, find yourself in photos of weekly crew calls, hear from other volunteers, and stay up to date with activities at IFFS.  Let us know if you’re interested in contributing to the blog!

 

GARDEN SUPPLIES:

We are still in need of hand-tool donations.  We gladly accept new and/or lightly used equipment. Thanks to all who have responded. 

New Volunteer?

If you have not filled out a volunteer form or have a friend who is interested in helping out please email Janet at RGSJRS@aol.com.  

Hope to see you all this week and weekend!

Katherine, Sun, Amanda, & Steve

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Hi, I’m Julia. I am a communication intern with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and have written a few blog posts on the Behind the Scenes blog about my first-hand experiences with the Food Shuttle! One of those experiences recently involved the Farm and Gardens crew. The work we did is more behind the scenes-type work, that you might not know about, and may give you a glimpse into what it takes in preparing for a new community garden opening.

I spent my afternoon with them by helping canvass the surrounding neighborhoods for the new garden site out at Alliance Medical Ministry in Raleigh. We went to speak with residents in the surrounding neighborhoods to ask about their interest in the gardens and inviting them to a community forum that the Food Shuttle was holding on at Alliance Medical.

At the homes I went to while we were canvassing, everyone seemed really interested in the garden and what it could bring to their community! A lot of the people who I talked to were excited to have a garden in their community and were looking forward to seeing it bring the community together in a healthy way.

According to Sun Butler: The community garden at Alliance Medical Ministries holds great promise and will be a focal point for increasing awareness about the importance of good nutrition and fresh local produce in our diets. If you would like to volunteer, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Alliance Community Garden will be a rewarding and exciting experience!

Canvassing itself was a unique experience, because it’s not very common anymore. I enjoyed being able to use my outgoing, friendly personality and interpersonal communication skills (I’m glad my major at NC State is being put to good use!) to greet these people and tell them about the Food Shuttle and our new garden. I also enjoyed spending a warm sunny afternoon with Amanda and getting to know her better! If you haven’t met her yet, I highly recommend coming out to one of the Gardens on a Friday or Saturday and volunteering at a crew call and meeting her there!

The Alliance Medical Community Garden is now our 3rd community garden! We are really excited to get things going out there so that you have more opportunities to work at crew calls! Keep an eye out for updates on the Alliance Medical Community Garden!

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On April 17th from 9:00am-12:30pm, you’re invited to join Advocates for Health in Action for an exciting event on how to build, maintain and sustain a community garden! The event is free and will be held at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will be there (Sun and Amanda are presenting!), community garden experts will have educational booths, and garden tours will be given that afternoon (including a visit to a Food Shuttle community garden).

 

Space is limited, so reserve your spot by clicking on this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/communitygardensummit

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

                    Crew-Call

 

 

That’s right, we’ve gotten our first order of worms in and will be working on starting our vermiculture project this weekend.  We’ve got a lot of other things going on and ways to get involved, including a garden night in Mayview with the YMCA, a call for Garden Leaders, and the kickoff of this year’s PAR program.  Read on for more information.

 

VOLUNTEER TIME & EVENTS:

  • Farm Work Day , Saturday 9am-12pm!
    • This weekend we will be building boxes for the new vermiculture project; get excited  to play with the new worms. 
    • Please email Sun (Farm@foodshuttle.org) if you are planning on coming.  

 

  • Mayview garden night with the YMCA Community Hope kids
    • Come join us to celebrate the kids and their mentors in the Mayview Garden.  We will be painting benches, planting, and learning about the new worms.  We are looking for volunteers who can help us lead a few activities with the kids, including composting if that’s your trade!
    • We will need you to be there from 6-7:45pm.  Please email Amanda (NutritionCoord@foodshuttle.org) if you are planning on coming

 

  • Community Garden Work times
    • Neighbor to Neighbor      Thursdays        3:30-5:00pm
    • Mayview                                Fridays              3:30-5:00pm 
    • In both gardens we will be working with community members and youth to prep new beds for spring planting!  Please email Amanda (NutritionCoord@foodshuttle.org) if you are planning on coming
      • The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Drive (backing up to the Jaycee field). 
      • Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  Please park on E Bragg street (on right before you get to N2N).    

Check out the video below to hear from Amanda about what’s going on in the gardens this spring

 

  • PAR (Plant a Row) Kickoff – sign up to become a member or drop off site!
    • The IFFS PAR program encourages people to grow extra and/or donate excess produce to people in need through IFFS.  We will have weekly PAR produce drop-off sites at locations around our 7 county service area, including at Logan’s on Saturday mornings. 
    • If you are interested in becoming a member (donating produce from your own harvest) or know of a farmers market or store that might be interested in becoming a PAR drop-off site please contact Katherine@FoodShuttle.org

 

  • Wanted: Garden Leaders
    • We are looking to grow our garden team and think you might be the perfect fit!  We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to help lead other volunteers and community members in the gardens this spring and summer at the same time every week.  We will send out more information soon but will likely need at least 1 person for  Wednesdays from 5-6:30pm and another person for Fridays from 5-6pm.  Please email email Amanda (NutritionCoord@foodshuttle.org) if you are interested. 

 

LOCAVORE LUNCH – This week’s topic:  Wake County Farmland Protection and Local Foods Enhancement Plan

Every Wednesday at noon we are holding local agricultural discussion groups at Farmhouse Pizza, 3011 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. We will be serving a pizza made using some (hopefully soon to be all) local ingredients from NCSU’s Farmers’ Market. Please RSVP to Steve (steven.p.horton@gmail.com) so he knows many pizzas to have made.  If you can contribute, he is asking for a $5 donation… if you can’t afford the cost we’ll gladly cover you in return for good conversation!   A portion of the proceeds will go to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  This week will feature special guest speaker Tony Kleese to discuss the Wake County Farmland Protection and Local Foods Enhancement Plan. Come give your feedback on the plan.

FARMS & GARDEN BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farms & Gardens and PAR programs through the IFFS blog farmsandgardens.wordpress.com.  Use the blog to check out weekly ripe recipes, find yourself in photos of weekly crew calls, hear from other volunteers, and stay up to date with activities at IFFS.  Let us know if you’re interested in contributing to the blog!

 

GARDEN SUPPLIES:

We are still in need of hand-tool donations.  We gladly accept new and/or lightly used equipment. Thanks to all who have responded. 

New Volunteer?

If you have not filled out a volunteer form or have a friend who is interested in helping out please email Janet at RGSJRS@aol.com.  

Hope to see you all this week and weekend!

Katherine, Sun, Amanda, & Steve

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You can put your roots down with the Food Shuttle, too! Become a PAR member by emailing Katherine Andrew, katherine@foodshuttle.org. Surplus fruits and vegetables from your garden can be used to feed our hungry neighbors. The PAR program makes it easy for neighbors to help neighbors!

For those of you who have already signed up for PAR, we’d love to see how your garden is growing! Send us your pictures and videos as your veggies and fruit are growing and we’ll feature it on the blog. Email the Communication Dept: jason@foodshuttle.org or cece@foodshuttle.org

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Take a look at these pictures from Andy Beal at the Plant A Row for the Hungry Kick-Off last Saturday at Logan’s! You can view the rest of the pictures from Andy here.
 

Sun Butler on air with WPTF

Logan's Trading Co. made it easy for people to become PAR members!

Mayor Charles Meeker shops for plants at Logan's

Gardening class with Chris at the Kick-Off

Signing up to Plant A Row for the Hungry!

Mayor Meeker on WPTF

More folks asking about donating surplus produce to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle!

 

New PAR members wait in line for a free starter kit from Logan's!

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