Harvesting has been the main goal each time in the garden for the past few weeks. After months of planting, weeding, watering, and gentle care, we are reaping the benefits. The first few weeks there was just enough to feed those who worked in the garden that day, with maybe a few tomatoes, berries, or snap peas to take home for another meal. However, the past few weeks there has been a surplus of produce—almost too much to fit on the table. The produce is served at the potluck, and then everyone working in the garden that week takes plenty of produce home. However, we still always have plenty of produce left for Julie, our food access and community connection intern, to take to local food banks.
This week we harvested tomatoes, kale, cabbage, lettuce, basil, zucchini, squash, beets, carrots, onions, eggplants, and blackberries. Julie was able to take a lot of this produce to food banks in Newberg. People in need of fresh food and nutrients were given what they needed from our garden. It is easy to remember that the “community” in community garden means those who come each week to work in the garden, but “community” also means those in our local community who are in need. By working in the garden and harvesting large amounts of produce, we are able, as a community, to care for those in need, and I think that may be one of the best things about this garden.