Volunteer’s Bountiful Harvest
This week Genworth Financial sent another great group of volunteers to work in the Community Kitchen Garden. The volunteers helped harvest 159 lbs. of fresh vegetables to take to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen, our largest donation of the season so far. This donation brings our year-to-date total to 461 lbs.
The harvest included spring crops like kale and beets but also the first tomatoes, peppers, and squash of the season. Those will make some great recipes for Meals on Wheels recipients and for the children who attend partnering daycare organizations who are provided meals through Kids Cafe. We hear the kids really like the cherry tomatoes. And everyone knows there’s nothing like fresh bell peppers or celery grown right from the garden!
In addition to harvesting, the volunteers staked and tied tomato plants, applied organic fertilizer, and mulched planting beds with recycled brown paper grocery bags and wood chips. These will keep our tomato plants happy, keeping in moisture and controlling weeds. This will be especially important as the summer gets hotter and drier.
Volunteer contributions from corporate partners like Genworth Financial are vital to the success of the Community Kitchen Garden and aid us in the effort to eliminate hunger in our community. If you would like to volunteer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have lots of opportunities. We have a list of adult volunteer opportunities, youth volunteer opportunities, even a chance for families to volunteer together.