Minding the Patch: Calling All Gardeners—Harvest Your Crops!

If you've got a patch, or know someone who does, encourage them to spend an hour there (soon!) to get these vegetables harvested and donated to the food pantry.

Each visit to my patch is more and more disheartening because the deer continue to decimate my crops. But what's more frustrating and sad is the other patches at the community garden that have loads of crops just rotting on the vines. This is the case with the majority of patches there--they've been deserted when they're most productive. It makes my heart feel so heavy to see all of that delicious, fresh, healthy food (largely grown without pesticides) rotting away when it could be dinner for the growers, their friends, and needy families. 

Where have all these gardeners gone?  

I walked around yesterday (Tuesday) and snapped photos of other people's patches so you could get an idea how I felt seeing the crops withering away. (It was hard to only take pictures, I admit). 

If you've got a patch, or know someone who does, encourage them to spend some time there (and soon) to get these vegetables harvested and donated to the food pantry. Or let me know which plot is yours and, with your permission, I'll pick and donate the food for you. 

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Sue Abraham September 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Where is it? I'll help.
Patrick Maher September 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Where is this, I would like to do this next year
Denise Du Vernay September 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM
If anyone gives me permission to harvest their crops, I'll let you know!
Denise Du Vernay September 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM
At Lincoln Way East in Frankfort. I believe you have to live in the district to reserve a plot in the community garden, by the way. I'll be posting soon with dates and info about how to sign up, etc
Denise Du Vernay October 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
By the way, I was at the patch yesterday and spoke with a fellow gardener who busted someone swiping tomatoes from his patch . . . NOT that I think any of my readers would do such a thing, but I'm definitely waiting for permission before I pick anything. (I have not yet received permission from anyone). Now I'm starting to wonder if I've wrongfully blamed deer for my missing tomatoes and okra . . .


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