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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call August 10, 2010

The Food Shuttle has several exciting events coming up and we would love for you to join us! Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM BackPack Buddies Food Drive, An Alice Affair, and Fox 50 Family Fun Fest & The Great American Tobacco Duck Race. Click on the links to get involved.

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS

Food Shuttle Farm,

Looking for something fun to do during the week? Sun and Steven are at the farm most mornings and late afternoons. Email Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org)  for more information.

Work day, Saturday between 9a-Noon (4505 Tryon Road)

      • 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!

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.

Community Gardens

Work times have changed!

Neighbor 2 Neighbor             Tuesday               from      10a-11:30a

Mayview                                     Wednesday       from      8:00a-9:00a

Alliance                                       Thursday             from      4:00-5:00p

      • We really need help watering & keeping the weeds out of the gardens! If you can volunteer on a different day or time, please email Amanda.
      • 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. 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 on Friday from 9a-12p and Steven (steven.p.horton@gmail.com) if you can help Saturday from 9a-12p.

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 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 Don at don@foodshuttle.org.

Looking for a fun challenge? Pledge to eat locally grown food!

Go to www.nc10percent.com, set up an account and pledge to eat 10% locally grown NC food. Chances are you’re probably eating more local food than you think and if you’re not, then this is your opportunity to support NC farmers! Spread the word and tell your friends and family to eat local!

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 and stay cool!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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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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We know it’s easy to get caught up in summertime activities, but Plant A Row for the Hungry is a simply way to give back to your community through your summer harvest! While you’re at the beach soaking up rays, or enjoying a neighborhood cook out you can still be fighting hunger in your backyard with your growing garden! Surplus veggies from your garden can be dropped off at locations across the Triangle, and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will take your home-grown food to people in need. Whether it is 2 tomatoes or a bushel of corn– every bit helps feed hungry stomachs in the Greater Triangle.

Watch the video below to see what the IFFS team does when the garden is overrun by extra veggies!

Encourage your fellow green thumbs to donate produce to the Food Shuttle- becoming a PAR member is quite easy!  Simply contact Don (don@foodshuttle.org) to get started.

Do your part to help fight hunger; lets cultivate a culture of giving in the Triangle!

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call July 13-

We’re in the midst of the summer harvest and bringing truckloads of produce every week! Squash, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes and okra are ripe for the pickin’! So c’mon out to the farm during the week to help us harvest. We’ll also be doing some general farm maintenance and need help tidying up the greenhouse. Please make sure to email Sun if you are coming out to help (9-1p and again from 4:30-6, 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 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!
    • 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             4-5:00pm

  • We really need help watering the gardens! If you can volunteer on a different day or time, please email Amanda.
  • 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 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 Trading Company.
    • 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)

See you at the farm or gardens!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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In case you missed it yesterday, check out this article on Raleigh’s community gardens scene from the North Raleigh News!

Emphasizing Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s 3 community gardens in low-income neighborhoods in Raleigh, the article discusses how neighborhoods and organizations are growing fresh produce for the hungry and teaching folks how to garden.

Click the link below to read the article in its entirety:

http://www.northraleighnews.com/2010/07/07/3315/community-gardens-take-root.html

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Despite the nonstop heat this week in Raleigh, several large groups have been volunteering at the Farm!

Teens and adults from all over the country spent time weeding,

mulching,

and harvesting vegetables. We even met a lady from Pennsylvania who had never tried okra!

A special thank to the groups from Lott CareyYouth Works and Haven House we’re so grateful for your hard work this week!

Because of our volunteers, we can grow nutritious food on the Farm and harvest it to feed hungry people in our community.

Join our Farm volunteers next week- the veggies are coming in! Sun and Steven would appreciate extra hands to harvest the fresh produce. Click here to get involved!

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call June 29, 2010

We’re taking the holiday weekend off to enjoy time with our families but would love your help 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, NO WORK DAY on Saturday

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 schedule work 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.

  • 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 Don at 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 Janet at (rgsjrs@aol.com)

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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