After several great garden work days throughout spring term, the garden was already in a pretty good place when we started meeting in May: we already planted kale, lettuces, cabbage, broccoli, squash, cucumber, tomatoes, and potatoes. We gathered on a Saturday afternoon, May 14, for the first time with the summer crew. We got some work done and discussed when our regular meeting times will be this summer. Although we encountered a few sprinkles, spirits were high and we harvested kale and lettuces in abundance. We spread bark chips and created raised beds, pulling many large, overgrown weeds. At this point in the season it’s always challenging to see past the weeds and to find hope that the garden will get prepared and will in fact produce plenty of food for us, but we got in there and worked hard anyway, making progress and building bonds.
I’d like to also welcome this year’s summer interns: Shane Gallup is our documentation intern this summer, and he took the photos you see in this post. He’s a media communications major, so he’ll be doing our photos and social media this summer and making videos.
Nissi Undurthi is a biology major, and she’s helping us get our compost pile healthy and active. If you’d like to contribute food scraps or other organic materials to our compost, please contact us!
PJ Dyke is our finances and projects manager, and he’ll be helping us create some structure this summer in the areas of finances and garden structures. We need to implement some good strategies for keeping tomatoes, squash, peas, and beans structured. Last year was such an amazing year for tomatoes that ours got out of control! A business/econ major, PJ will help us with accounting and budgeting as well.
Patrick Petrie is our community outreach intern and will be helping us make connections with the Newberg community. If you’re part of a community organization here in town and you want to partner with us for work projects, food access, or gardening experiences for all ages, contact us and we’d love to partner with you.