Jul 24th, 2014

Community Kitchen Garden Thriving in Summer Heat, Volunteers Help with the Harvest, Weeds

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator &  Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The Community Kitchen Garden is thriving in this summer heat, and so are the weeds. That’s why we were so grateful when a team of CarMax associates showed up on Monday to help us with  a variety of  garden tasks including staking and tying tomatoes, harvesting cucumbers, and weeding.

These employees harvested 100 lbs. of vegetables, supporting 400 meals. (4 oz. veggie portion per meal.) The amount of weeding they did … priceless. Be sure to check out the photo below — literally a tractor-load of weeds!

Total donations of fresh local veggies to FeedMore’s Community Kitchen this year so far: over 1,600 lbs!


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Tying the Roma tomatoes.

CarMax associates and Cukes

Harvesting cucumbers for the Community Kitchen Garden

Weeds pulled by CarMax volunteers

This is how many weeds they pulled! These are in the tractor on their way to the compost pile.

Erica with a Giant Cuke

A giant cucumber shaped like a crescent moon.

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CarMax volunteer associates at the end of the morning after working in the Community Kitchen Garden.

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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