2019 was a very satisfying year for me and hopefully for you, because we addressed the climate crisis in many ways:
- Sharing what we grew at our urban farm with the local food bank
- Sharing what we know about regenerative agriculture and sustainable lifestyles with our community
- Partnering with like-minded groups to spread the word about healthy farming and living with less
I want to share with you some of our successes:
- Gardeners harvested and delivered produce to TCV food bank before their doors opened in the morning, allowing them to get fresh food to clients in less than 2 hours.
- Gardeners volunteered over 1,500 hours producing and donating 2,532 pounds of farm fresh, pesticide-free fruits and veggies.
- Gardeners focused on TCV client requests for perishables, delivering ripe tomatoes, sweet peppers, green leafy veggies, herbs and also ethnic produce like Asian eggplant and okra.
- Gardeners sheet-mulched, designed, staked and cover-cropped the new Urban Farm Bee Sanctuary in less than three months.
- Amazing elves maintained the infrastructure incognito – fixing our irrigation system, repairing the greenhouse, lath house and fences, moving chips and soil, maintaining tractors and wheelbarrows, and building special projects, i.e. pallet tables and tool boxes, a solarizer for sterilizing planting pots, bee hives and equipment, plus more.
- So many Stone Gardeners helped with the 54 activities we held this year, including workshops, classes, field trips, events, meetings and work parties – averaging one activity per week and reaching over 850 people.
- Everyone, and I mean everyone, helped with LEAF Earth Day, which featured 28 booths; 1,000 guests and volunteers attended.
Now it’s time for all of us to rest.
Peace, Love, Regenerative Farming, Sustainable Living, Bees and Trees ; )