Spend Yourself® Gardens
Story of the Week
The last two weeks we have been busy working in the gardens. On Tuesday, April 22nd five moms and their preschool children planted cabbage, broccoli and carrots in our Crossroads Spend Yourself® Gardens. On Saturday April 26th, twenty volunteers from an accounting firm and our church finished filling 50 Earth boxes for our Child Development Center and 301 Gardens. Vegetables and herbs will be planted by children in both of these gardens in May. The Saturday volunteers also finished filling the new 4’ by 40’ raised bed our youth built in March, put up trellises for our cucumbers and beans and planted potatoes in our potato towers.
Many of our clients are volunteering in our gardens and are looking forward to the fresh herbs and vegetables.
About the Spend Yourself® GardensSince 2010, the Spend Yourself® Gardens have demonstrated to Food Pantry clients how to grow vegetables and have supplied vegetables and herbs to the Food Pantry. Since 2010, we have added two gardens at the Falls Church Campus, one in the vacant lot by our 301 Building (301 Garden) and one near our Child Development Center (CDC Garden). Using 32 Earth Boxes, we planted maintained and harvested vegetables and herbs in our 301 gardens, and the CDC staff, parents and children planted maintained and harvested vegetable and herbs using 16 earth boxes in their CDC garden. Our youth have built ten additional 4’ by 4’raised beds and one 4’ by 40’ raised bed for our Crossroads garden bringing the total to fifteen. During 2013, two Boy Scout Eagle candidates completed Eagle projects to level the ground and put down new ground cloth at our 301 gardens and build a shed for our Crossroads garden.
In 2014, there are various ways you can join us in helping us grow fresh, local produce to share with families who visit the Food Pantry:
Water, weed and harvest produce from one of three Spend Yourself ® Gardens for a week or more. To sign up for a week contact the Lay Leader below.
- DONATE LEFTOVER GARDEN ITEMS
Are you spring cleaning or downsizing? Our gardens can use your excess tools. To arrange for drop off contact the Lay Leader below.
- HOME GARDENS
Donate a portions of the produce from your home garden to the Food Pantry. Contact the Lay Leader below for convenient delivery options.
- PRODUCE INPUT
On Saturday mornings a team of volunteers is needed to process produce delivered by Spend Yourself® and home gardeners for distribution to food pantry clients. Duties include receiving produce from gardeners, weighing and logging produce and packaging it for distribution by food pantry volunteers to clients. Contact lay Leader below.
- PRAY For our volunteers, clients and the gardens.
Classes take place the first Saturday of January through June
from 8:30-9:30am at our Food Pantry locations. Directions
NEXT CLASS: TBD
In a cooperative effort with The Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Spend Yourself® Gardens offers free Nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations to teach our Food Pantry clients and the community how to eat better and use the vegetables and herbs provided through our ministry.
THE GARDENS' NUMBERS
Through December 31, 2013 we provided the Food Pantry with 1,330 pounds of produce from the pounds of produce from the following sources:
- Crossroads Spend Yourself® Garden
Pine Ridge Spend Yourself® Gardens
301 Spend Yourself® Gardens
Other Community Gardeners