Half a Ton of Beets!

Last Friday Dana Jokela of Sogn Valley Farm texted that he had about 1000 extra pounds of beets in his cooler and needed to move them to make space for coming harvests. If I could get a crew to wash and pack them we could get them to The Food Group for distribution to Food…

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Big Crew, Big Harvest

A perfect morning for harvesting and what a group of friends! Thanks to (L-R) Cara, Barb, Vi, Miles, Samson, Roger, Chuck, Barb, Eric, Robin, Dug and Daisy plus (not pictured) Jo, Julie and Jenny. Today’s harvest supplied three food banks: Sabathani, Joyce Uptown and Pillsbury United Communities. For perspective, Matthew Ayres, director of the Joyce…

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Pickin’ in the Rain

It was a soggy Tuesday but our intrepid crew harvested corn for the good folks at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church Food Shelf in the Camden neighborhood (AKA¬†Camden Promise) of North Minneapolis. Thanks to Cara Rodriguez, Sarah McCarthy and Jon Freise who braved downpours, mud and occasional lightening (not too close!), to harvest corn for the…

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2021 First Corn Harvest

Wow! What a day, what a crop, what volunteers! Our first corn harvest of 2021 was fabulous. Thanks to Cara, Erika, Julie, Lizette, Sarah M and Sarah P who collectively picked around 1,000 pounds of fresh, plump, organically-grown sweet corn which was promptly delivered to Pillsbury United Communities in the Phillips neighborhood and then .…

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Pullin’ Carrots 2021

It was a gorgeous day for pulling, washing and packing carrots! Big thanks to our hearty crew: Barb, Cara, Danielle, Dillon, Erika, Hannah and Itzel. In less than three hours we pulled, packed and washed two 650-foot rows of organically-grown carrots (hundreds of pounds!). The Food Group will distribute these to families in need and…

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Carrot Day! Thursday, August 12th!

Yesterday Danielle Piraino from The Food Group came to help make harvest plans for our carrots, corn and squash. The carrots are ready!! Two 650-foot rows of organically grown carrots to be distributed to families in need . . . with your help! Danielle Piraino from The Food Group checking out this year’s corn.  …

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Foodshelf Project 2021

Encore! Last year’s foodshelf project was so successful we’re doing it again. Once again Dana Jokela from Sogn Valley Farm has helped with planting and tillage (more on that later). Here are a few photos of the progress to date. It’s already been an “interesting” season. More details below the photos. First, take a look…

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So What? Foodshelf Project Final Wrap-up

With only a few chores left in the fields, I want to reflect on this project and share a few of the things I learned. It takes a village! First and foremost, this project could not have happened without Dana Jokela of Sogn Valley Farm. I freely admit to being a farmer wannabe. Dana is…

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Foodshelf Project Wrapup #1 – The Numbers

10,000 Pounds!

With the last of the squash delivered to Second Harvest Heartland, it’s time to “do the numbers”. Here, for your (and my) edification are some stats on the Food Shelf project. About 10,000 pounds of fresh, organically grown food 991 pounds of sweet corn and 5539 pounds of squash weighed on delivery to the big…

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Squash Blast

What happened to all the squash harvested last Saturday? On Monday I took the pickup to Minnneapolis where Pillsbury United Communities Foodshelf, Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, Camden Promise Food Bank and The Evangelical Temple Food Bank in Maplewood (sorry, no link) all took as much as they felt their clients could use – my guess…

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