This is a handcrafted solid wood chair made by our friend Amos, and I’m thinking we should get another and auction a set? Amos was so kind to make and donate this for our fundraising auction this November, we are so appreciative because it’s this kind of action that just keep the whole giving thing moving forward! Thank you Amos very much!
I know we all need food grown naturally, and that is our goal, so we start at the bottom and work our way up. Families that are in a financial bind because of medical issues, people that have challenges that makes it hard to get to a store, along with people who are trying to make a better life like trying to get off the street, or out of situations that are not healthy is where we are focusing our energy right now, soon hopefully we will have our own land to grow on and will be able to serve the community as a whole? We are our brothers keeper! Cheers and God Bless us all! None of this is possible without the help from all the volunteers and today it was Quinn, Casey, Janet and Janette, you guys and gals ROCK!!
We are so blessed by our Lord to be able to give food that we grow to the Ronald McDonald House here in NE Portland, it’s just the best feeling ever! Thank you Cynthia for making the connection and Lindsay Williams Sage the Assistant House and Volunteer Manager for welcoming us into this wonderful giving charity!
Cheers and God Bless
Just to let everyone know, one of our hopes and dreams ever since we were given the opportunity to grow at the Albina Community Garden was to be able to supply families that have loved ones at the Ronald McDonald House fresh vegetables to cook with at no cost, and that has happened because of a mother who has a daughter that is undergoing some treatment, and one of the things her daughter is allowed to do is come into the garden and help with weeding and watering, and one of the benefits they are getting is access to the food we are growing to take back to the communal kitchen at the Ronald McDonald House. We have given Cynthia and her daughter Meaghan the green light to take whatever they need to share with the other families, and Cynthia says “all the veggies I take in get cooked up and eaten”! What a blessing it is to be of service to those who really need a little extra help!
Cheers to our good friends Meaghan and Cynthia for picking up the slack at our Albina garden site, and thank you both for taking our vegetables and sharing them with the families at the Ronald McDonald house! The door has been opened thanks to you both!
Cheers and God Bless
Cynthia and Meaghan
Things are really busy in our gardens, and with work schedules along with some logistic issues we have been struggling with getting things done. The need for volunteers is crucial at this point, so we hope that when we have the fundraiser this fall we can once again fill positions and sign up more people to help with the day to day operations of maintaining our sites. Making new friends with Green Table and networking more with the retired community, we hope to regain our position and be able to continue to feed the less fortunate food grown naturally! We are really grateful with our new partnership with Casey who is a fellow Horticulture student and friend who is working out at N.W.R.E.C. Farm site and has us hooked up with some super delicious naturally grown produce, yahoo for us! Here’s a few pics, we finally got the onions harvested at Hicks, the peppers aren’t doing to well as for a lack of attention, but no worries because Halsey is killing it in peppers, eggplant, sweet potatoes, kale, collards and tomatoes! Albina is doing well in tomatoes and peppers and greens, we cover cropped the Terry site and wont be growing on the Navajo site due to lack of man power. Our hope is to get Albina dialed in and put more commitment in the Hicks site. If you live in the Portland Oregon area and want to get involved and help out, please contact us through our website or Face Book page?
Just a little sneak preview of one of the items that will be up for bid at the fundraiser this fall, a $400.00 gift certificate for a beach rental from Beachhouse Vacation Rentals Inc. in Seaside Oregon, that will be good for a whole year! A Great Big THANK YOU! To Erin Barker and Family for providing such a wonderful gift, and for their continued support in our mission to provide healthy food to those in need!
Cheers and God Bless
This week was our first real harvest to go to Rose Haven Women Shelter, Independent Living Resources and PACS. We were able to harvest Russian Kale, collards, lettuce, onions and our dried garlic for 108 lbs. A big thank you to Bretly for making sure that we harvested everything that was ready, and for delivering it to the people we support! Getting things dialed in has been an ongoing process and the only thing I know is that you can never be 100 percent sure when the food will be ready to harvest? Weather plays such a big roll in farming and gardening that all you can do is pray and hope it’s ready in the window of time you gave yourself? I do a lot of praying! Thank our good Lord he had us and everything went smoothly. There is no “I” in team and we couldn’t do it without the constant help from all our GVGC friends!