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Inventor of The Garden Edge tool, Chris Martin, contacted the Food Shuttle after reading the recent N&O article mentioning our community gardens. Chris wanted to donate a few of his multipurpose gardening tools to help us maintain our community gardens! Last week Chris stopped by our community garden at Alliance Medical Ministry to demonstrate how The Garden Edge tool can cut down weeding time! Check out the pictures below from his visit.

Many thanks to Chris for donating the useful tools! Watch this video from Chris to see why he chose to donate The Garden Edge to the Food Shuttle:

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This week’s photo is from the Food Shuttle’s Community Garden at Alliance Medical Ministry. Belinda Chiu spends the morning weeding and watering the pepper row at our newest community garden in Raleigh.

Do you have a green thumb and a desire to help your community? Join Belinda and the Farms and Gardens crew- volunteer to grow local nutritious produce for the hungry! Email Amanda@foodshuttle.org to get involved.

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call July 6, 2010

We’re getting back into the swing of things after enjoying the holiday weekend. As always we’d love to have your help in the gardens or at the farm during the week. Please make sure to email Sun if you are coming out to help (9-1p and again from 4-6, sometimes until 8p). Whether you’re helping at the farm or in the community gardens, please make sure to bring a bottle of water, sunscreen (bug spray if you are working in the gardens!) and even a granola bar or light snack to help keep you going!

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:

  • Farm, Work day, Saturday between 9a-2p (4505 Tryon Road)
    • We need 10 volunteers that can each commit 2-3 hours this Saturday!
    • There’s so much to harvest! Zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, eggplant!
    • Reserve your spot with Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) so he knows you’re coming out to help!

NEW DIRECTIONS! No, the farm hasn’t changed location, we’re just asking that all volunteers park at 4505 Tryon Road, where the IFFS Farm sign is now set. Once you park your car, walk across the field towards the greenhouse; Sun and Steven will be in that general area.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor                    Tuesday               4-5:00pm

Mayview                                            Wednesday       4-5:00pm

Alliance Medical Ministry           Thursday             5-6:00pm

  • If you’d like to help in the gardens but our scheduled times do not fit in your schedule, please let Amanda know!
  • We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you can help.
  • Garden Addresses/Directions: 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). Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross.

  • Irvin Learning Farm, 9a-12p (2912B Jones Ferry Road, Chapel Hill)
    • The Food Shuttle and Triangle Land Conservancy are starting a new teaching farm at TLC’s Irvin Learning Farm outside of Carrboro on Jones Ferry Rd. and we need your help! We’re installing 1/2 acre of vegetables on new land at Irvin Hill and plan to expand this teaching operation to include vegetable production, permaculture and rotation grazing for small farm animal production. Regular volunteer times are available on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9a-12p. If you live near Chapel Hill this is a great opportunity to help start a teaching farm from the ground up.  Please email Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) if you are able to help.

Directions
From Chapel Hill: Go west on NC 54 Bypass and take the Jones Ferry Road exit. Turn left onto Jones Ferry Road and follow 3.6 miles to the Irvin Learning Farm sign on the left. Follow the signs indicating the gravel driveway on the left.  Go past the barns and house, take the next dirt path on the left. The garden is down the hill.

  • PAR (Plant a Row) – 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 Don at 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 Janet at (rgsjrs@aol.com)

Have a great week!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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I know that Thanksgiving comes after Easter in the calender year, but I did not realize that it comes this early. The past month has brought me an overwhelming amount of support to be thankful for. It all started at Longview School where I did a seed tray demonstration for Mr. Patrick Faulkner’s horticulture class. A week or so later our Farm Manager, Sun Butler, said to me that Mr. Faulkner was going to have a visit from Will Allen of Growing Power and that he may need some help setting up the event. To this I exclaimed “No way!” and Sun gave me a hearty “Way.”
 
So it began, the scramble to acquire materials in three weeks time. Some materials we already had, such as wooden pallets from Bland Landscaping and coffee chaff from Larry’s Beans. Other materials I had to get for either very cheap, or free; and anyone that knows me knows that I usually opt for free.
 
Just prior to becoming full-time staff at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle I had helped get a greenhouse up at Spence’s Farm in Chapel Hill. I knew that the farm had composted horse manure (worms love it!) and possibly some hay that I could use. After coaxing my better half into an inquiry with her program director I was given the go ahead on everything I needed. YES! Things were falling into place.
 
I knew the possibility existed that Mr. Allen would be visiting our newest community garden at Alliance Medical Ministries. Once again we relied on our friends at Bland Landscaping to come till up a few rows and provide us with some compost and fruit trees. Luckily I had some help from the Wake County BGC Teen Center to get some compost spread in the garden. We had received a few flats of plants for the garden from Campbell Road Nursery which is just a stones throw away from the IFFS Farm. If you’re ever at the farm you should not throw stones at them, but pay them a visit. Several familiar faces from the IFFS volunteer roster came on Saturday morning to help prep beds and plant the garden, but we also had some new faces from the Raleigh Community Gardens and Triangle Area Homesteaders Meetup groups. These two groups have been helping us canvass and raise community awareness about our garden in the area around Alliance Medical Ministries.
 

Food Shuttle Farm

What I did not know was the possibility that Mr. Allen would be paying a visit to the farm and needless to say things were a bit hectic at the farm. Thank goodness for Caroline MacNair! She had her farm manager, Johnny Hassell, and his staff lend us a hand the morning that Mr. Allen would be arriving at the farm for a steak dinner. It’s amazing what can be done by a focused group in a few hours time. The farm looked wonderful.

 
I’d like to thank the Raleigh branch of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency. RMA’s Ron Brown helped escort Mr. Allen around town. I also have to thank all of the Food Shuttle staff that helped pull this together, especially Chef Terri, who stayed up past her bedtime to prepare and serve delicious food at the event. I may have left some people out, but my point is that it takes a lot of partners to make an event a success. I look forward to developing stronger relationships with the aforementioned groups and hope to create new relationships with our next exciting event! Now its time for my nap.
Cheers,
Steven
 

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

                    Crew-Call

 

We’ve had a busy week with Will Allen in town and learned a ton.  Come join us this weekend as we put a few of his tips into practice at the farm.  We will not have a crew call next weekend (April 17th) due to the Dig In Community Garden Summit but hope to see you all there!  *Please note Amanda’s email has changed and is now Amanda@foodshuttle.org

 

VOLUNTEER TIME & EVENTS:

  • Farm Work Day
    • Saturday 9am-12pm
    • 2401 Dover Farm Road (view map)
  • 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 (Amanda@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 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 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 (Amanda@foodshuttle.org)  if you are interested. 

 

LOCAVORE LUNCH – This week’s topic: Community Engagement 

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’s topic will be how to engage the teenage demographic in the local sustainable food movement.  We’ll also have a recap of Will Allen @ Longview and Alliance Medical.

FARMS & GARDEN BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farms & Gardens and PAR programs through this 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 might remember back in November when Will Allen gave a lecture at the CEFS event on sustainable agriculture at the McKimmon Center. Well, now Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., is coming back to Raleigh on April 5 and 6 to hold urban farming workshops for students at Longview High School, and kick off Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Community Garden at Alliance Medical Ministry! Here’s a video about Will Allen and his work with youth and communities for urban agriculture.

On Monday and Tuesday, Will Allen will teach workshops to local students from Longview High School about urban agriculture. Topics will include urban farming, vermiculture composting and intensive gardening. His work with local foods and urban agriculture has inspired communities and organizations across the country and we are thrilled to have him join us in Raleigh on Monday to work with the Longview students!

Kick-Off and Reception Details for Community Garden at Alliance Medical Ministry

  • April 6, 2010 from 6-8pm
  • Will Allen will speak at the kick-off and answer questions for area students and those interested in urban agriculture.
  • Food for the reception will be provided by Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Catering With A Cause.
  • The kick-off and reception is free and open to those who RSVP by emailing cece@foodshuttle.org or call 919-250-0043

Find out more about Alliance Medical Ministry here.

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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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