2018 Produce Garden Updates

Check back throughout the summer to see how well our homegrown produce is coming along! We can always use some extra help, so if you’re interested in helping to care for the garden, please send us an email (pantry@templelutheran.org) or Sign-Up Here to help water each week.

May 13

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June 3

June 13

Our next Service Day is Saturday, June 23rd (from 1-3:00pm). By then, we’ll have plenty of spinach to share. Possibly even some lettuce and kale too!

TLC Garden Planting 2018

Sunday, May 6th, the Burko and McCormack families prepared the TLC Produce Garden. On a refreshingly cool, spring day, all the raised beds were cleaned and prepared for a bountiful harvest later this summer/fall. There is something invigorating and fulfilling about digging in the dirt. Particularly when it’s in service of those in need.

garden team 2018

We are taking measures to make our garden especially environmentally friendly. Our raised beds are all built with reclaimed boards from both the community and from our Mission Partners (we even kept the leftovers in case we need to build more;-)).

raised beds

Rather than using chemical fertilizers, we enrich our soil with ‘homemade’ compost. We try not to throw away any food items from our pantry. Expired items are composted (when able) and the packaging is recycled.

compost

Last year we obtained four rain barrels and installed them on two downspouts behind the church. During the entire growing season last year, they did not run out of water once! Which means we did not need to turn on the hose at all in order to water the garden.

rain barrels

This year’s crop is focused mainly on leafy greens: spinach in the spring (and again in the fall), rainbow chard (a fan favorite), a few different lettuce varieties, and some kale. We were also able to purchase both a bean tower and a cucumber trellis…can’t wait to see how those turn out!

 

We’ll update our growing progress at intervals during the summer. Be sure to check back to see how we’re doing! If you’re interested in helping out, please email at: pantry@templelutheran.org. We can always use volunteers to help water & weed during the year. It’s often a relaxing way to spend some time in the evening with your family.

 

MLK Service Day – Chestnutwold Elementary

What a day!! We at TLC were blessed to partner with the Chestnutwold PTO on Martin Luther King Day (1/15/18) to offer multiple service opportunities. Special thanks to Tara Klick for organizing such a wonderful group of people!

 

Project #1: Sorting through donations to restock the pantry and to organize the inventory room. New storage tubs donated by Home Depot – Marple #4181.

 

Project #2: Building ‘Just-In-Case’ bags. These are pre-made bags designed to fit in your glove box or under a car seat for the times when you may come across someone in need. They contain food, utensils, a can opener, toiletries, and a note of support. If you’d like some bags for your car, please email for arrangements!

 

Project #3: Building new shelf units for the inventory room. Four new units donated by Lowe’s Havertown – #3169.

Thank you to the 127 volunteers who shared their time and talents with us! You are welcome back anytime!!