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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call May 25, 2010

Sun and Steven are taking a well deserved Memorial Day weekend off and you should too! We will be at the gardens this week so come join us if you feel like engaging with the community and getting your hands dirty as we plant more tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and zucchini!

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:

Alliance Medical Ministry           Wednesday   3:30-5:00pm

Neighbor to Neighbor                   Thursday         4-5:00pm

Mayview                                             Friday               4-5:00pm

  • We’re working with community members and youth to grow their gardens!
  • We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you can help.
  • Garden Addresses/Directions: Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross. Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field).

  • Vote for the Food Shuttle!
    • To receive the Nature’s Path grant to fund the Food Shuttle teaching farm, we need your vote! The Food Shuttle and Triangle Land conservancy are working together to set up teaching farms in each of the counties the Food Shuttle serves in central NC.  Because hunger is unacceptable and good food should be available to everyone, click here to cast your vote!

  • Farmer’s Market Pick Ups
    • Help the Food Shuttle recover and distribute even more fresh produce every week! We’re looking for a handful of volunteers to pick up from local farmer’s markets in Wake, Durham and Orange counties during regular farmer’s market hours.
    • For more details please email Don at don@foodshuttle.org .
    • If you are available to pick up from the South Estes farmer’s market on Saturdays, please email Angie Jones at angiejones221@gmail.com .

  • PAR (Plant a Row for the Hungry) – 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 Logan’s Trading Co. throughout the week.
    • 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 don@foodshuttle.org.
  • Local Food Survey
    • If you live in Wake County, the Wake County Farmland Preservation and Local Food Enhancement Plan needs your input about what Wake County could do to protect its agricultural resources and enhance the availability of local foods. To fill out their brief survey, please visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WN37B8B

FARM & GARDENS BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farm & 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 Amanda at (Amanda@foodshuttle.org)

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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Local Bed and Breakfast owners Gary Jurkiewicz and his wife, Doris, have recently joined the Plant A Row for the Hungry program. Using non-traditional methods in his garden, Gary has employed worms to help him make all natural fertilizer. At the Oakwood Inn, not only can you find a historic building but also worms hard at work!

Learning about the PAR program at the Logan’s kickoff event at the end of March and also through his neighbor, Sharon O’Neil, Gary converted his simple flower garden to a fruit and vegetable garden nearly two months ago. Looking out for the environment and his guests at the Inn, Gary mentions “the Inn has always [been a part] of the green movement and sustainability- even before we took over in 2001- and we also wanted a home grown garden for our guests.” Growing strawberries, carrots, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, and turnips (when the squirrels don’t get them!!), Gary grows crops for himself and his guests, but also for those in need. An herb garden, pomegranate tree, and peach trees also add to Gary’s garden; raspberries are soon to come!

Utilizing a drip irrigation system, which saves water, the fruits and vegetables are also nourished by a natural fertilizer known as worm castings- or worm manure, if you will. Converting trash into natural fertilizer, only organic products can be used in the worm containers, no dairy products or meat,

“…you look at your garbage in a different way- this is what Mother Nature normally does,” Gary said.

With no chemical runoff, Gary uses a simple pH meter to test his soil for acidity. The combination of natural fertilizer with the drip irrigation system ensures that Gary’s crops are not only environmentally friendly, but they are also produced in a careful manner. “It’s been a trial and error run so far…” Gary mentioned, but by and large, his garden is flourishing! Many thanks to Gary and Doris Jurkiewicz for their hard work and dedication to the PAR program!


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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call May 18, 2010

We’re staying incredibly busy at the farm and in the community gardens and need your help to keep growing! Sun & Steven are at the farm most days of the week between 9a-5p so please email Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org)  if you or your group can come out to help.

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:


Farm Work day, Saturday between 9a-2p (2401 Dover Farm Road)

  • We’re gearing up to plant more tomatoes and cover crops as well as finish mulching the new field. If you have cardboard you can donate (not waxed), please bring it along!
  • We need 10 volunteers that can each commit 2-3 hours this Saturday!
  • Reserve your spot with Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) so he knows you’re coming out to help!
  • If you can, please bring tools with you so we can get more work done: trowels, hoes, shovels, and rakes are needed.

Community Gardens Work times (please note start times have changed!):

  • Alliance Medical Ministry           Wednesday   4-6:00pm
  • Neighbor to Neighbor                     Thursday         4-5:30pm
  • Mayview                                                   Friday               4-6:00pm
  • In all gardens we are working with community members and youth to grow their gardens!
  • We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you can help.
  • Garden Addresses/Directions: Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross. Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field).

Community Potluck: Back by Popular Demand!

  • Wednesday, May 26th from 6-8p
  • We are hosting the season’s first potluck at Alliance Medical Ministry, our newest community garden site. Join us for some great food and lively conversation. Please email Amanda@foodshuttle.org the number of people attending and what dish you will bring by Monday, May 24th ! Alliance Medical Ministry is located at 101 Donald Ross Drive.

Event: Community Outreach Training—CANCELLED!

To better accommodate your schedules we will be offering this in the late afternoon during the week. Be on the lookout for an update in one of the next Crew Calls.

Wanted: Community Garden Leaders

Enjoy gardening? Are you a natural leader? Looking for a way to get more involved in your community? Become a Garden Leader and help us grow the Food Shuttle community gardens. We’re now looking for energetic volunteers to coordinate community members and volunteers in garden work and activities at each of our 3 Raleigh gardens.  For more information, please email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org).


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

Grow extra and/or donate excess produce to people in need through IFFS.  We have PAR produce drop-off sites at locations around our 7 county service area.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 don@foodshuttle.org.

FARM & GARDENS BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farm & 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 Amanda at (Amanda@foodshuttle.org)

Have a great week!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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Across the street from Keller Williams Realty in Cary, a group of folks  began to construct Cary’s Pocket Community Garden last Thursday as part of Keller Williams RED (Renew, Energize and Donate) Day of service initiative to improve local communities. Cary’s Pocket Community Garden has a dedicated area in the garden to grow produce and donate it to our Plant A Row for the Hungry program! A few Food Shuttle staffers stopped by the build day to see how the garden was coming along. The volunteers were enthusiastic about the garden and were hard at work building beds and moving mulch. Check out the photos below!

We’ll have an update on Cary’s Pocket Community Garden later on in the growing season. If you have a backyard garden or a community garden, you can become a Plant A Row for the Hungry member too! Email don@foodshuttle.org to fill out a membership form and start growing produce for neighbors in need.

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden
Crew-Call

More than ever we need YOUR help! Haven’t heard about the recent expansion at the farm? One of our dedicated volunteers, Nyssa, blogs about it here. We’re gearing up for big production this season to supplement our fresh produce deliveries and YOUR participation in the Saturday Work Days is vital to our efforts at addressing community food security. So, c’mon and help us put some roots down!


VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS

Farm Work day, Saturday between 9a-2p (2401 Dover Farm Road)

  • We’re ready to plant more tomatoes, cucumbers and squash and need 10 volunteers that can each commit 2-3 hours this Saturday!
  • Reserve your spot with Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) so he knows you’re coming out to help.
  • If you can, please bring tools with you so we can get more work done: trowels, hoes, shovels, and rakes are needed.

Community Gardens Work times

Alliance Medical Ministry Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm

Neighbor to Neighbor Thursday 3:30-5:00pm

Mayview Friday 3:30-5:00pm

  • In all gardens we are working with community members and youth to grow their gardens!
  • We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you are planning on coming.
  • Garden Addresses/Directions: Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross. 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). The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field).

Upcoming Event: Community Outreach Training
Saturday, May 22 from 10a-1p

Join Sun and Nickie, our Hands on Health Program Coordinator, as they lead discussion in how to engage and empower individuals to help their own communities. Learn what community organizing is all about and help us connect with families in the community gardens neighborhoods. RSVP to Sun: sun@foodshuttle.org

Name the Chickens: Only 1 day left! Vote for your favorite names here.

Wanted: Community Garden Leaders

Enjoy gardening? Are you a natural leader? Looking for a way to get more involved in your community? Become a Garden Leader and help us grow the Food Shuttle community gardens. We’re now looking for energetic volunteers to coordinate community members and volunteers in garden work and activities at each of our 3 Raleigh gardens. For more information, please email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org).

PAR (Plant a Row for the Hungry) – 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 Monday through Saturday.

  • 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 don@foodshuttle.org.

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 Amanda at (Amanda@foodshuttle.org)

See you at the Food Shuttle farm this weekend!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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By: Nyssa Collins,  NC State Correspondent

Have you been out to the farm yet? You can’t miss the new installation: 23 brand new rows, each 97 yards long. Here’s some perspective: someone standing at the beginning of a row cannot tell if the volunteer at the other end, nearly a football field away, is jumping up and down because it is time for lunch or because they found a nest of fire ants.

“Are you guys crazy??” I asked Sun and Steven, at the Saturday morning crew callThis is a massive undertaking; it nearly doubles the cultivated land at the Food Shuttle Farm.  Sun was confident that these rows could be managed.  “It’s going to be a jungle out here in a month!” Can you imagine? A forest of tomato plants; squash and zucchini leaves like elephant ears; okra plants five feet tall!! Steven concedes that it will be a good place for hide-and-go-seek, but he also says it’s going to take all of the volunteer help they can get.


Let’s Get Technical! Black Plastic and Drip Irrigation

The field, located on the North side of the property, was graciously purchased and donated by Caroline MacNair, who owns the rest of the land where the farm is located.  Until now it was used by the Food Shuttle for the composting of mulch from the city and of donations of produce, like boxes of senescent zucchini from Trader Joes.  With the help of Bland Landscaping, the field was cultivated, hilled into 23 rows and covered tightly by black plastic with a special tractor attachment.

Drip irrigation used above ground, as demonstrated by the USDA

The plastic is the test of a technique new to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  It offers insulation in cooler months, erosion protection, and most importantly, a physical barrier to weed growth.  It’s like putting a wall between yourself and a lion, at the zoo.  Weeds cannot penetrate the wall for all their worth, which is a big help for farming of the organic method. Essentially, black plastic precludes the other organic method of weed control: weeding. Underneath the plastic, another innovation is making its debut at the farm: drip irrigation.  It’s a simple system of hoses that feeds water down each row and, like the name, dribbles refreshment through pores in the sides.  This is important because the black plastic prevents a lot of rain from being absorbed, and the irrigation will help rapidly transpiring (really thirsty) plants through the dry, hot summer months.


Lend a hand or donate plants!

The process of planting one row with jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and okra took three of us about an hour on Wednesday afternoon.  That is, punching a hole, placing the plant in, fertilizing and then watering.  (We started with more volunteers, but it’s easy to get discouraged when the sun starts to go down.) …One row down, twenty-two to go.  And one by one, the rows begin to be planted.  An entire row of tomatoes was knocked out by a visiting group from the army corps of engineers in record time.  Last Saturday morning, volunteers planted two more rows by noon.  Currently growing are tomatoes, okra, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant, and sweet and hot peppers.  The only thing the farm needs now is MORE PLANTS!

The plants, like the land and the labor, are generously donated.  They come from local plant centers (like Campbell Road Nursery, Fairview Nursery, and Grow and Share), or are raised from seed in the IFFS greenhouse.  It would be impossible to fill every row yet, because the donations trickle in and there is a lot of space to fill.  The staggered planting is not a bad thing, though.  For example, if a row of tomato plants is planted every two weeks, this means a new row of tomato plants will become ripe every two weeks.  Ideally, this will extend the season of the new field to May through November!

So, you get the point: there is a lot of work to do! Right now, volunteers do a lot of planting.  Before you know it, volunteers will be harvesting. (I’ll be back then to talk about where the food goes!)  Do you think you are the one for the job? Then, YOU’RE HIRED!  If you need a little more convincing, here are a few reasons why this volunteer job is the best kind of job to have:


  1. Escape from your big-city troubles to the calm of the country.  Some places call this “agri-tourism” and charge big bucks! We’ll let you get dirt under your nails FOR FREE!
  2. Volunteering is truly an educational experience. This is the internship my cohorts in the NC State Horticulture Department are clamoring to get.  Where else do you get on the job experience with experts without even filling out an application.  Don’t worry, there isn’t a test at the end.
  3. Where else are you going to meet people like this? All kinds of people come to the farm, so you can have a conversation on turf with people you’d never get the chance to meet.  It is almost a miracle to see college students “talk shop” with retired professors; to see a woman who have traveled the world trade recipes with a family man raised in the south; to see kids arm deep in dirt and earth worms, amazed by what Sun is telling them.
  4. and a little thing I call “Limited Liability.” This means if maybe you are kind of slow planting tomatoes or you would rather feed the chickens than feed the worms, that is okay.  You could even plant a tomato upside down (on accident, of course), you wouldn’t even get fired.  Steven will just give you an encouraging smile and tell you to try again next time.  Or, you’ll be “promoted” to watering.

So, what are you doing on Saturday morning? Heck, what are you doing on Tuesday morning, or maybe even Thursday afternoon?  Sun, Steven, and a crew of hard-working volunteers are working overtime, seven days a week, at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm on Dover Farm Road to ensure that our neighbors aren’t going hungry.  Come out and lend a hand!

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call

Sun and Steven have been busy at the farm this past week prepping 25 new rows, each just shy of the length of a football field! Now they need your help with seeding and planting! You can come out to the farm and volunteer Monday-Friday from 9a-5p, but please call Sun first so he knows to expect you or your group:  919.553.2391.

VOLUNTEER TIME & EVENTS:

  • Farm Work day, Saturday 9a-2p (2401 Dover Farm Road)
  • Community Garden Work times:
    • Alliance Medical Ministry           Wednesdays  3:30-5:00pm
    • Neighbor to Neighbor                   Thursdays        3:30-5:00pm
    • Mayview                                             Fridays              3:30-5:00pm
    • In all gardens we will be working with community members and youth to grow their spring gardens!  Please email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you are planning on coming.
    • Garden Addresses/Directions:
      • Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross.
      • 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).
      • The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field).
  • Wanted: Community Garden Leaders
    • Enjoy gardening? Are you a natural leader? Looking for a way to get more involved in your community? Become a Garden Leader and help us grow the Food Shuttle community gardens. We’re now looking for energetic volunteers to coordinate community members and volunteers in garden work and activities at each of our 3 Raleigh gardens.  For more information, please email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org).

  • PAR (Plant a Row for the Hungry) – 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 jason@foodshuttle.org.

FARM & GARDENS BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farm & 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.

Thank you to all who have submitted names for our Name the Chickens Contest. Food Shuttle staff is currently narrowing down the selection but you’ll get to have the final say! Stay tuned on our  Behind the Scenes at the Food Shuttle blog May 6th-13th to vote for your favorite names.

Have a great rest of the week!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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