In the spring 0f 2011 FPC planted our first "Harvest Now" garden. Harvest Now was started by reired businessman Brooks Sumberg in 2010 as a food-growing charity. Harvest Now works with faith-based organizations to plant vegetable gardens on church or temple property and then to donate the food to the Connecticut Food Bank's system of 5 master warehouses. The warehouses then distribute the food to more than 640 small food pantries and soup kitchens in Connecticut. FPC's garden was one of 37 planted by faith communities across Connecticut.
Church members constructed the raised beds and also supplied compost materials. Shemin Nurseries generously contributed the top soil. Once the beds were prepared, the zuchini plants went in - along with some flowering plants to attract the bees necessary for pollination. Members watered, weeded, watched and waited as the vines grew and grew.
Our goal was to produce 350 pounds of vegetables. And we were well on our way having harvested right around 100 pounds of zuchini. But then we were invaded by a species of moths whose larvae invaded the vines.
We learned from 2011 and 2012 proved to be a bumper crop year. We harvested and delivered over 400 pounds of produce to the Foodbank of Lower Fairfield County. The 2013 garden is planted and we've already begun harvesting.
Click Here - To read an article from the Stamford Advocate about the garden.
Click Here - For the Harvest Now website.