Thursday, September 3, 2015

Our Garden Continues to Grow

Well, the Williams Street Community Garden has been going like gang busters for sure!! The two plots that WMHS staff is nurturing have given over 100 pounds of produce to the Western Maryland Food Bank. These donation included the following yummy selections:
  • crowns of broccoli
  • green beans
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • green peppers
  • squash
  • cucumbers
  • onions
  • eggplants
  • cabbage
Tara and I are now recruiting for next year’s community partners. We already got an extremely generous donation from AES that we will talk more about in another blog. And the City of Cumberland has been wonderful and is looking at 3 different underused playgrounds in various areas for us to convert into gardens. 

We also are really being adventurous for next year and want to start an orchard on property already owned by the health system.  We hope that it will be close enough to one of the schools to encourage students to help us with the orchard and perhaps a small garden as well.

Katie Gattens, who works on a number of things and is our resident grant writer, has completed a grant request to Lowes, as well as a number of other companies that give grants for doing community gardens.

If you did not know about our garden this year and are interested in working a plot next year, stay tuned. We will be gearing up soon.

This pumpkin and the cantaloupes were recently donated to the
Western Maryland Food Bank and 
came from our children's garden plot.