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Special Projects - SHIM - Sandi's Garden Project

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Slideshow of Sandi's Garden as of June, 14, 2013

Slideshow of Sandi's Garden as of September 09, 2013

Project Summary
Bower Hill is participating as a satellite site for SHIM's Boaz Fields. We have constructed our garden and done our initial planting. Volunteers are assigned each week to do watering and weeding. Our first planting consisted of tomatoes, tomatillas, sweet and hot peppers, swiss chard and beans. As the vegetables ripen they will be picked and transported to SHIM. Additional plantings will occur during the summer. If you would like to get involved, please contact Steve Boisvert.

SHIM BOAZ FIELDS EXCEPT FROM SHIM - Boaz Fields Full Description

Welcome to Boaz Fields! Rooted in our desire to provide the families who use SHIM’s food pantries with fresh, healthy food choices, SHIM’s Boaz Fields gardens grow produce for distribution through the SHIM pantries.

In 2012, we planted a pilot garden plot (named “Boaz Fields” after the generous landowner in the book of Ruth) that yielded more than 1,500 pounds of fresh vegetables for our food pantries.

This year, we’re expanding the program to include three additional “satellite sites” - one at St. Joan of Arc Church, one at St. David’s Episcopal Church, and one at Bower Hill Community Church. Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of these two new partners, we look forward to providing our families with an even greater veggie bounty this year!

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-----11/26/2014-----
Winter, if not officially here, has provided us with a preview of coming attractions and Sandi’s Garden has succumbed to the cold weather. Not, however, before exceeding last year’s production! Our final tally was 314 pounds of fresh, organic produce. This is even more impressive when you realize that this year we grew large amounts of lighter Swiss chard, beans and hot peppers instead of heavy tomatoes. SHIM reports that the Food Pantry clients were very appreciative of our produce, especially the hot peppers.
SHIM’s Boaz Fields project helps its food pantry provide food insecure families with one of the most expensive items in a food budget: fresh, organic produce. BHCC once again, from the youngest on up, was an important part of this ministry to our brothers and sisters in the South Hills who depend on it to feed their families. A small plot of land made an important contribution to SHIM’s Food Pantry efforts. Thank you to all who, in many ways, answered the call to serve others.

-----10/24/2014-----

Sandi’s Garden
Summer is, by now, a fading memory and Sandi’s Garden has, by the time you read this, probably succumbed to a hard frost and is taking a well-deserved rest. We did not plant tomatoes this year, leaving that crop to our larger partners in SHIM’s Boaz Fields project. Instead we planted Swiss chard, beans, hot and sweet peppers, a few zucchini plants and two dozen Thai basil plants. With the exception of zucchini, all of our crops were lighter than tomatoes. In spite of that, we still reached 300 pounds of organic produce for SHIM’s Food Pantry. That translates to over 1½ pounds of produce per square foot!

 

None of this could have been possible without the help of many people. Our children got things started this winter when they planted Swiss chard and pepper seeds for our indoor greenhouse. This spring they transplanted the seedlings into the garden and planted bush and pole beans. In August they learned a new word, “gleaning,” as they made sure not one bean escaped their eagle eyes when they removed the first bean crop; they planted a second crop which produced into October. Congregation members also donated seedlings and kept the garden going by volunteering to water the garden for a week from our rain barrel.


SHIM’s Boaz Fields project helps its food pantry provide food insecure families with one of the most expensive items in a food budget, fresh, organic produce. BHCC once again, from the youngest on up, was an important part of this ministry to our brothers and sisters in the South Hills who depend on it to feed their families. Thank you to all who, in many ways, answered the call to serve others.

-----08/28/2014-----

Sandi’s Garden Going Strong Through the Fall!

Once again Sandi’s Garden has been successful in supporting SHIM’s program to provide fresh produce to its Food Pantry clients. This year Bower Hill’s children have been an important part of the project. In the spring they started Swiss chard and hot pepper seedlings indoors. At the end of May they transplanted the seedlings to the garden and planted bush and pole beans. Throughout the summer they visited the garden and helped keep it going. In August they learned a new word, “gleaning,” when they gleaned the remaining beans from the first crop of bush beans to make sure we didn’t leave any beans behind. How fitting for a project SHIM has named “Boaz Fields” (look it up!). We intend to keep the children involved this fall as we do our best to stretch the harvest season as far as we can. As we all know, fresh produce is expensive, but an important part of a healthy diet.  Many thanks to the many who donated seeds and plants as well as those who volunteered to keep our garden watered!

Also, if you are among the gardeners whose neighbors immediately run in the opposite direction when they see you coming to avoid having the excess of your garden overwhelm them, consider donating it to SHIM. Simply leave it in the kitchen refrigerator labeled “SHIM Produce” by Sunday morning and it will be delivered to SHIM the followingTuesday morning.


-----05/24/2014-----

Sandi’s Garden is Ready to Go for SHIM’s Food Pantry!

After a long, hard winter spring is finally here! BHCC’s Sandi’s Garden needs your help to make this another successful gardening season in support of SHIM’s Food Pantry that provides food- insecure families with fresh produce. This year our children started the ball rolling by starting seedlings in March that they planted May 18. They will have their own garden beds, but we need the congregation to help fill out the garden by donating either pepper plants (you choose - hot or sweet peppers) or bean seeds. Plants and seeds can be left on the mini-greenhouse in the narthex.

You can also help by signing up on the bulletin board on the way to Fellowship Hall for a week of watering the garden. We have a rain barrel for water and a few minutes two or three times a week, depending on weather, is all it takes. It’s a great opportunity to help SHIM and see how productive our small garden is.

Many thanks to all who have and will make this project so successful!

-----10/25/2013-----

Sandi's Garden
Keeps Contributing to SHIM's Food Pantry
— The Fall Garden Is Underway!

Although fall is here, we are still making weekly deliveries to SHIM from Sandi's Garden. Incredibly, the peppers, tomatillos, and green beans are still going strong. Did you know that it takes, on average, 80 of our hot peppers to make one pound! Our fall crops have been planted and are beginning to sprout: peas, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard and mustard greens will, we hope, keep contributing to the SHIM Food Pantry even after the first frost. Anyone who has excess produce from their home gardens can leave it in the church refrigerator in the kitchen, labeled SHIM Food Pantry, by Sunday.

So far, we have delivered more than 250 pounds of fresh produce to SHIM's Food Pantry! Many thanks to all who have helped make this project successful through building the garden and the deer fence, donating plants, and volunteering to water and weed. Not only have you helped feed SHIM's clients, you have contributed hard-to-get fresh, healthy, organic food which is usually beyond the reach of those on a limited budget.

-----10/06/2013-----

The summer produce is slowing down, but that doesn't mean we're done! Our fall crops are being plancted: peas, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, and mustard greens will, we hope, keep contributing to the SHIM Food Pantry even after the first frost.

-----09/29/2013-----

We are now making weekly deliveries to SHIM from Sandi's Garden. To date we have delivered:
34 lbs. sweet peppers
24 lbs. hot peppers
16.5 lbs. green beans
2 lbs. swiss chard
98 lbs. tomatoes
11 lbs. tomatillos
7.5 lbs. cucumbers

-----09/22/2013-----

We are now making weekly deliveries to SHIM from Sandi's Garden. To date we have delivered:
32 lbs. sweet peppers
21 lbs. hot peppers
16.5 lbs. green beans
2 lbs. swiss chard
87.5 lbs. tomatoes
5 lbs. tomatillos
7.5 lbs. cucumbers

-----09/15/2013-----

We are now making weekly deliveries to SHIM from Sandi's Garden. To date we have delivered:
27 lbs. sweet peppers
17 lbs. hot peppers
15 lbs. green beans
2 lbs. swiss chard
77 lbs. tomatoes
3 lbs. tomatillos
7.5 lbs. cucumbers

If you are interested and willing to help with harvesting and delivering produce to SHIM, please contact Steve Boisvert: 412.531.7321 or sdboisvert@verizon.net

-----09/01/2013-----

We are now making weekly deliveries to SHIM from Sandi's Garden. To date we have delivered:
22 lbs. sweet peppers
11 lbs. hot peppers
9 lbs. green beans
2 lbs. swiss chard
50 lbs. tomatoes
3 lbs. tomatillos
7.5 lbs. cucumbers

If you are interested and willing to help with harvesting and delivering produce to SHIM, please contact Steve Boisvert: 412.531.7321 or sdboisvert@verizon.net

 

-----08/24/2013-----

We are now making weekly deliveries to SHIM from Sandi's Garden. To date we have delivered:
20 lbs. sweet peppers
8 lbs. hot peppers
5.5 lbs. green beans
2 lbs. swiss chard
21 lbs. tomatoes
2.5 lbs. tomatillos
7.5 lbs. cucumbers

If you are interested and willing to help with harvesting and delivering produce to SHIM, please contact Steve Boisvert: 412.531.7321 or sdboisvert@verizon.net

-----07/21/2013-----

So far we have made 2 delieveries to SHIM consisting of the following:
5.5 lbs - sweet peppers
2.5 lbs - hot peppers
1.25 lbs - green beans
1 large bag - swiss chard
1 - tomato