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August 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 23, 2012

Thanks for the help with the garden

This past week saw a flurry of ‘speed gardening’ activity as Growing Community members took on their first garden raisings ever. A garden raising, like an old-fashioned barn raising, brings many hands and much camaraderie to what can otherwise be a daunting task.

On Friday, Growing Community members Rebecca Weil, Kristen Griger, and Sarah White joined homeowner Susan White in reclaiming a former garden by weeding, amending the soil, planting fall vegetables and building natural trellises.

On Sunday, in a true community-wide effort, Growing Community and several volunteers from the Cooperstown Food Bank and the Methodist Church brought Reverend Sander Samuel’s vision of a food bank kitchen garden to life. In just three short hours, a sunny field on Beaver Meadow Road, generously donated by Tim and Tamar Iverson, was transformed into a 16-foot x 20-foot four-square garden, complete with stone paths, raised beds, seedlings, and seeds ready to sprout – all surrounded by rabbit/deer fencing to protect from the many critters in our midst.

The Food Bank Kitchen Garden would not have been possible without the tremendous support of volunteers who pitched in time, energy, sweat, and materials.

A huge thanks to all those who came out on such a gorgeous Sunday to help us shift rocks, weed, shape beds, shift rocks, turn soil, plant, water and fence (after shifting more rocks): thank you, Ellen St. John, Rev. Sander and Deb Samuel, Rena Lull, Pat Grillo, Brent and Mary Leonard of Carefree Gardens, Holly Fanion, Samantha Fanion, Sarah White, Olivia White, Kristen Griger, Rebecca Weil, Ellen Pope, and Dick DeRosa. Thanks to these hard workers, food pantry clients will soon be able to enjoy fall crops of carrots, turnips, kale, lettuces, beets, leeks, scallions, and possibly even tomatoes!

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