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Just wanted to give a big thanks to all of you who are helping the Food Shuttle fight hunger in the Greater Triangle by Planting A Row for the Hungry. Our numbers are way up over last year and  we are hearing the PAR chatter in the community and over the twitters and facebooks. So far this season, PARticipants have donated close to 10,000 pounds! That’s 10,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious food that we deliver to children, seniors and families throughout the Greater Triangle. And we know you’re not done yet-the tomatoes, eggplants and peppers are coming on strong! Remember, it’s easy to donate. Just bring your produce to any of our convenient drop-off locations!

But wait, there’s more! You know our good friends at Logan’s Trading Co. are huge supporters of Plant A Row for the Hungry. Well, this Saturday, July 31,  they are having Veggie Day celebration! There will be a lot of great activities, veggie tastings, recipes contest and a panel discussion on gardening. Oh, and all seeds will be discounted too. A perfect day for PARticipants*.

Keep the fresh fruits and veggies coming and we’ll see you Saturday!

*We hope our PAR Puns are growing on you!

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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 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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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call June 9, 2010

Thank you all so much for your emails, calls and appearance at the City Council meeting last week. Your support of the Food Shuttle’s programs in Raleigh have not gone unnoticed!

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:

· Farm, Work day, Saturday between 9a-2p (4505 Tryon Road)

o We need 10 volunteers that can each commit 2-3 hours this Saturday!

o Sun and Steven, our resident Worm Doctor, need your help building vermicomposting bins!

o 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 (please note different locations and days!):

Neighbor to Neighbor Tuesday 4-5:00pm

Mayview Wednesday 4-5:00pm

Alliance Medical Ministry Thursday 4-5:00pm

o We’re working with community members and youth to grow their gardens!

o We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you can help.

o 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.

· Vote for the Food Shuttle!

o Help spread the word! Ask your friends and family to vote for the Food Shuttle and Triangle Land Conservancy to create teaching farms in each of the counties the Food Shuttle serves. You have only until June 15th to cast your vote! http://www.justmeans.com/contestidea?ideaid=NDg4

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

o 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.

o 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 great week and hope to see you at the gardens & farm!

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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