Pickin’ in the Rain

By Bob | August 25, 2021 |

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 food bank.

Gethsemane’s food shelf provides thousands of pounds of food to individuals and families in North Minneapolis with food distributions six days a week. I’ve seen people lined up around the block awaiting their turn and fresh, top-quality sweet corn is welcome indeed.

2021 First Corn Harvest

By Bob | August 19, 2021 |

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 . . . the plan was to deliver to Joyce Uptown foodshelf who earlier had said they’d be happy to have it but when I got there a sign on the door said they were closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak. But the sign also suggested calling Groveland Food Bank which I did and they took the remainder of the load (thanks, Jay!).

Would you like to help? We still need hands for next Tuesday, August 24th!

Pullin’ Carrots 2021

By Bob | August 12, 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 I’ll provide the details in a later post. For now, feast your eyes on the fine work these folks did today.

Dana Jokela from Sogn Valley Farm lifts our carrots with his carrot lifter

Here’s a video to see it in action. Carrot Digger closeup

Hands full of carrots!

Here’s a video of the Carrot Washer

L-R Hannah, Bob, Danielle, Dillon, Barb, Itzel, Erika, Cara

Of course our new farm dog, Jenny, has to help!

 

Thanks again to all the crew. Next week: the corn harvest begins!

Carrot Day! Thursday, August 12th!

By Bob | August 6, 2021 |

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.

 

Danielle and Dana Jokela from Sogn Valley Farm helped make a plan to harvest the carrots next Thursday, August 12th. We need about 10-12 volunteers to help. Will you join us?

I've never harvested carrots but Smack did when he worked at the Hampshire College farm and he said it's really fun and satisfying. Come find out for yourself! Please call, text or email me if you'd like to join the fun.

Thanks!

Bob