The days are shorter and the temperature lower, prompting our faithful volunteers to transplant cool-season seedlings as fast as they can before the weather turns colder.
While many people’s gardens slow down this time of year, we keep up production of cool season greens and root vegetables. For one thing, they pack more nutrients to keep all of us healthy though winter. We also grow most of our soil-renewing cover crops during the cool, rainy season.
But most importantly, we harvest nutritious, winter vegetables from the Garden of Grace to deliver two or three times a week to community members who turn up at Open Heart Kitchen, Tri-Valley Haven and Interfaith food pantries. This is also the first year we’re donating our produce to the Jackson and Marilyn Avenue Elementary School food pantries.
Elementary, middle and high school gardens made possible or improved through Fertile GroundWorks partnerships have all been planted with winter crops by hundreds of enthusiastic students. We’re so grateful for so many opportunities to teach them how to grow healthy food for themselves and their neighbors — and show younger generations the same — while taking care of their environment.
So while fall is a switch from the variety of summer’s fruiting vegetables, it’s a beautiful bounty we’re just as thankful for. And of course, we’re delighted with the rain!