A Bountiful Season
Summer is a prosperous and rewarding season for the Seed to Feed community. From building relationships with others working in the gardens, to seeing the excitement displayed on our pantry guests’ faces at the abundance of produce, it has been a fulfilling few months. This year we had 12 gardens bringing in produce from all over the county, providing over 35,000 pounds of produce to our guests. In order to offer produce to our guests in the winter months, Creekside Church of the Brethren, with the help of students from Merit Learning Center, processed 2,014 pounds of tomatoes for freezing. We also received about one ton of meat from animals auctioned off at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Animal Auction! As a supplement to our garden produce, mid-September we received another shipment of watermelon, and at the end of October, we anticipate an abundance of potatoes. Looking forward, we hope to start using the greenhouse for root crops in late fall! As this year’s season winds down, we will prep the fields for the winter and begin the search for new gardens to join our crew next summer.