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Thursday, September 17, 2020

garden news-growing community project


thats growing like in growing vegetables

the community garden where i have my garden plot and where i volunteer 2-3 days a week grows vegetables in the center of the garden that are then donated to food kitchens shelters soup kitchens etc

we rely on volunteers to make this work
precovid 19 we would have groups of folks come in to help with some groups as large as 20-30 people to help in the garden
they would do things like weed the garden especially help us keep the bind weed or morning glory under control
i didnt know bind weed until i moved here
if its not controlled it will take over your garden
they also put out yards and yards of mulch
they helped harvest the veggies
they helped prep the beds
they helped plant the veggie seeds
the helped to plant the veggie plants
you name it that needed to be done in the garden and they helped
the groups were from high schools middle schools elementary schools colleges universities charities businesses
they kept our garden cleaned up and helped us keep our garden veggies growing

since the covid 19 hit in march we have not had any volunteers come in to help
except for a few of us regular folks

we have been struggling to keep up with what needs to be done in the garden

so enter the bucket brigade
ill link here to their website

the bucket brigade is known for helping clean up the debris and mud from peoples property after the montecito mud slides in 2018 that killed a lot of folks and destroyed homes and businesses and led to the closure of the highway one and 101 for weeks

they are a high energy volunteer group of a few thousand that attack a problem and like the mud slides help clean things up
they get dirty when they do their jobs

the name comes from the use of buckets to haul mud and debris from the properties

so now they are partnering with those names on that sign above to grow veggies and fruits for folks in need and to encourage folks to grow their own veggies 
think victory gardens during ww2

we are having and its about to get worse a national problem with food and folks not getting enough food to eat
this project hopefully will help some with this food shortage in this area

they will salvage old lumber thats donated or thrown away to build raised beds of different sizes for folks to use to garden in
these will be given away

they have located abandoned garden sites eg a local church has a large lot that will be used to develop a large sort of victory garden

in our garden the volunteers will add some of these raised bed for our garden to use
they will help plant our seeds and plants and harvest them
they will weed and help prep the beds and move the mulch and whatever we  need them to do 
they are get it done volunteers that ooze with energy

the benefit is to those in need of our veggies and that need will only grow as things dont get back to normal

also in that list above is an organic seed and garden nursery that will be donating seeds and plants

we in this country may if things get worse may have a real food shortage for those who need help
just look at those food kitchen lines sometime in your area

i look forward to working with this group in our volunteer garden to help us do our part in this moment of need

the organicgreen doctor 

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