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Harvesting Time of the Year!

Ray throws freshly pciked green beans into the harvesting tub.  
This time of the year is delightful; the light starts to change, the weeds are less enthusiastic about filling in the blank spaces of the garden and we have a big bounty of produce to deliver to hunger relief agencies.  With work party volunteers lately we've been able to do substantial harvesting which everyone always enjoy (and is especially helpful to us as picking things like beans, tomatoes and tomatillos can be time consuming on your own!).   Just a couple of weeks ago, the Tuesday evening work party volunteers helped us harvest 120 pounds of produce to deliver to the South Corvallis Food Bank.  Any guess on how many pounds of beans are in the tub in photo above?   I'll give you a hit; the answer is 1/6th of the total poundage we harvested that night! That harvest was just one day, one delivery site.  A lot of produce is being distributed and we couldn't do it without all the hardwork of our volunteers (past, present and future!).

 
In addition to harvesting, we've also spent time getting crops ready for fall and winter.  Top dressing established kale as well as planting winter crop transplants (thanks Gathering Together Farm for your continued donations of beautiful plant starts!).    

If you want to get in on all the fun, come out to a Tuesday evening work party! Drop by whenever you can, we're out there every Tuesday from 4 - 7ish we're doing a variety of tasks to help the garden grow and continue to provide food for those in need in Corvallis.

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