From Jan. 1 through the end of September, The Giving Garden produced 6,406 lbs. of fruits and vegetables, 2,565 lbs. of which was tomatoes!
It's been a great year for summer squash, too. We harvested 525 lbs. of squash off of 14 plants!
We're not finished for the year! We've started planting cold weather crops that will feed our neighbors throughout the winter.
We help feed 172 families/week, year round
Wake Forest Community Table
Meal Distribution - 40 families/week
Journey Ministry Food Pantry
June Ribbon Cutting
Distribution - 70 families/week
Mark your calendar!
Sat., Oct. 8, 8 am - 2 pm
Sweet Potato Harvest, Fall Planting & Cookout*
Prepare new rows
Plant cold season veggies
*Burgers & Hot Dogs Provided
Vegetarian Options Available
Guests in the garden
We are a community teaching garden. We welcome individuals and groups from throughout the community to our Tues. and Sat. workdays. We also schedule special learning opportunities for groups.
St. John's Episcopal Church families joined us in the garden one evening a month from June - August. They harvested new potatoes in June. In July, they dug up strawberry plants from our strawberry patch to take home and plant. They also helped us take tissue samples of our tomatoes and fill out paperwork to send to the NC Extension to be analyzed. Families harvested tomatoes for Wake Forest Community Meals and hand picked tomatoes for a tomato sandwich picnic dinner in the garden in August.
Eagle Scout Projects
Newly added by Billy Ellenbe, Troop 5
2 Outdoor Libraries - Adult & Child
In addition to enthusiastically planning and building these libraries, Billy has thoughtfully filled each one with books for you to enjoy.
Do you know...?
What to do with an overgrown squash?
During a rainy season, squash can soak up a lot of water and get huge. Fortunately, all of that water keeps them from turning woody, so don't compost them. They're great grilled! Slice squash lengthwise in 1/2 inch planks, toss with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and put them on your gas grill. They cook up creamy and delicious!
Do you know how to tell whether a green tomato will counter ripen or is too green?
A green tomato with a faint white star pattern on the top (opposite the stem end), it will ripen nicely and be delicious! If the star is absent, forget about saving it for a tomato sandwich. It will be splendid fried, though!