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Fall Build-a-Garden Update

 

working raised beds
working raised beds
Even as the days grow dark, our Build-a-Garden initiative forges ahead! Entering its fourth year, our youth have begun to install 200 raised beds that will provide backyard gardens for residents of Boston and Lynn next summer. But the season can’t end without sharing reflections from this year’s garden recipients.

 

Happy Gardener
Happy Gardener
“Not only did my garden flourish beyond my expectations, but my 7-year old grand niece helped with planting, watching things grow and caring for it as well. She enjoyed eating the tomatoes, lettuce, carrots & beans. This was a wonderful bonding experience for the two of us. We also grew enough to share with other family members and friends; It's amazing what can be grown in a 4x8' space! Spiritually, I found it to be a powerful and practical exercise in the power of Faith: Plant your seeds in good ground, care for it and believe that what you sow shall bear fruit—then enjoy the fruits of your labor. This was a priceless experience right from the beginning for me and my family. Many thanks to Kathleen and all the staff & volunteers of the Build A Garden Project!”

 

Growing BaG
Growing BaG
“I loved the raised bed garden. I shared the Build-a-Garden Manual with a relative... who did a raised bed on her own and had success. It really helped her since she and her husband have been laid off. The garden encouraged my children to try vegetables and they helped with the harvesting. One afternoon my two girls and a friend dressed up as "pioneer" farmers and picked the beans, tomatoes and swiss chard. They loved it. And my daughters willingly ate snap peas this year, a first! Thank you for getting us going!”

 

checking up on BaG
checking up on BaG
“Our peas did so amazing and we had several crops. They were especially fun for our 2 year old neighbor, who, once she learned how to pick the peas, wouldn't stop picking them and eating them. When the green beans then grew in, she didn't really know the difference, picked the beans, and called them peas. Either way, she's picking green things from our garden (we share all aspects of the garden with her family, too) and eating them.”

 

squash from BaG
squash from BaG
“Tomatoes were the big joy for me. I … had a friend build sides to my raised bed, which helped to keep the tomatoes standing up. I was a showoff to my family and I shared all veggies and lettuce with them. I was able to maintain my salad supply all summer for myself... I can’t wait for next spring to come … Thank you Food Project, I am one happy senior.”

 

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