Samaritan Health volunteers with some of the 195.5lbs of SAGE produce they harvested!
Friday, September 21st I got a frantic phone call from the South Corvallis Food Bank; "Deanna! We thought we were going to have enough food leftover from Monday and Wednesday for distribution this weekend, but we're all out.....We have pounds of nothing!" Luckily, Sept 21st there was a bustle of positive activity around Corvallis as it was United Way's Day of Caring. Groups of gung-ho volunteers were out and about doing all sorts of projects for the betterment of our community. We were lucky enough to have employees from Samaritan Health come help out at SAGE.
Volunteers helped us clear green beans, whack back a section of invasives and of course, harvest! In fact, that was the largest single day harvest to date, nearly 250lbs of food total (with 195.5lbs being harvested by Sam Health for direct delivery to the South Corvallis Food Bank). Immediate crisis of no food at the food bank averted. Still working on relieving the more long term crisis of hunger in our community....
Sungold Cherry Tomatoes!
Thanks Samaritan Health for both your physical help in the garden and for being a sponsor of the Edible Corvallis Initiative!
Volunteer harvested produce getting ready to head the South Corvallis Food Bank
This season we have a plethora of veggies going out to a variety of agencies. We always track the weight of donated produce, but this year we're also tracking the approximate value (based on Safeway pricing of conventional produce). We feel like using Safeway as an average is more realistic as that is a more likely place for clients of the different hunger relief agencies to shop. This is one reason why we don't use organic produce prices or compare it to local produce at the co-op. I can go into more detail if you're interested, but just that explanation ended up being longer winded than I expected.....what I really want to show you all was a couple of fun facts that Chris recently deciphered from our production spreadsheets.
So far this year we've donated:
over a 1/4 ton of cabbage
nearly $1000 of kale
close to 300 heads of lettuce
almost 500 lbs of cucumbers
Row of purple cabbage growing
Another Fun Fact
upwards of 80 deliveries have been made by bike, amounting to more than 3000 lbs of produce delivered over 250 miles.....and that was a couple weeks ago and didn't include a lot of smaller trips we make!
The season is still going full steam ahead with 100+lb deliveries going out every day! We'll have more tallies as the season wraps up, but right now we're busy (and excited to be!) sharing this bounty with our community!
Ray throws freshly pciked green beans into the harvesting tub.
This time of the year is delightful; the light starts to change, the weeds are less enthusiastic about filling in the blank spaces of the garden and we have a big bounty of produce to deliver to hunger relief agencies. With work party volunteers lately we've been able to do substantial harvesting which everyone always enjoy (and is especially helpful to us as picking things like beans, tomatoes and tomatillos can be time consuming on your own!). Just a couple of weeks ago, the Tuesday evening work party volunteers helped us harvest 120 pounds of produce to deliver to the South Corvallis Food Bank. Any guess on how many pounds of beans are in the tub in photo above? I'll give you a hit; the answer is 1/6th of the total poundage we harvested that night! That harvest was just one day, one delivery site. A lot of produce is being distributed and we couldn't do it without all the hardwork of our volunteers (past, present and future!).
In addition to harvesting, we've also spent time getting crops ready for fall and winter. Top dressing established kale as well as planting winter crop transplants (thanks Gathering Together Farm for your continued donations of beautiful plant starts!).
If you want to get in on all the fun, come out to a Tuesday evening work party! Drop by whenever you can, we're out there every Tuesday from 4 - 7ish we're doing a variety of tasks to help the garden grow and continue to provide food for those in need in Corvallis.