Garden Update 2020
The MOM Family Garden flourished despite the challenges of COVID this year. Our 20 garden volunteers sowed, weeded, watered, and harvested 3500 pounds of vegetables for the 18 client families who participated in the program throughout the season. The client families enjoyed learning how to make sauerkraut and coleslaw with the abundance of cabbage. Volunteers planted vegetables from asparagus to zucchini, tended then harvested them for clients. Our potato harvest was superb, as were peppers and beans. Anna, a client said, “I love summer because I get all the produce I can handle. It’s a great benefit to get fresh vegetables for your family and know that you are taking care of them.”
MOM would like to thank many people and organizations for a fantastic garden year. Our lead volunteer Dan Johnson and his second in command Neil Vassau and the 18 other committed volunteers (including two from our corporate partner PPD) provided the labor to sow all the seeds and pull all the weeds. Willy Street Coop provided a grant to purchase a new rototiller to help our volunteer labor go farther. Steve and Joan Ziegler donate land to grow watermelons each year. The Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens provided technical assistance and seedlings. All of these people and organizations came together to make the MOM Family Garden a great success this year.
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