This past week was a pretty exciting one for us here at CFI! We received a generous donation of 3000 plant starts of mostly tomatoes, but some broccoli, kale, and lettuce as well from local businesses and were able to distribute them to dozens of families across the county and beyond!
If all goes well, we should be expecting to hear about quite a lot of delicious tomato sauces, soups, salads, and more being made later this summer. Maybe some of the extra tomatoes might even be given to the CFI Donation Station (http://www.communityfoodinitiatives.org/donation-station/) and distributed to those in need.
Additionally, we hosted an educational work party day for children at the YEAH Kids garden in Athens. It was a great success and we got most of the garden nice and cleaned up and planted with seedlings from the plant start giveaway earlier that week.
On top of that, we hosted a container gardening workshop for any of the kids and their parents who wanted to try doing some at-home container gardening. Showing them the basics of how to grow their own vegetables on their front porch was a lot of fun! More or less, the biggest trick to it is making sure that they stay well-watered (container plants usually tend to dry out faster than plants in the ground) and well-anchored (larger plants like tomatoes can be knocked over by a stiff breeze when they’re larger and more top-heavy. We’re looking forward to seeing how things go!