Monday, September 8, 2014

Harvest Fest 2014....Do come

Join us for a celebration of our garden, its gifts, its volunteers

September 24, 5:30 PM until 7 or so...

We will have wonderful food prepared by 
Second Harvest Food Bank's Triad Community Kitchen.

Live music

Hayrides for kids

Visit our new "Adopt a Box" Garden

Free Seeds

See you at the garden, September 24.  For all volunteers, friends, families and other supportive people. Parking at the garden.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Harvest Time !!!!

For a schedule of our current volunteer opportunities, go to our website at:
jimandbettyholmesfoodbankgarden.shutterfly.com



You will find garden updates, photos and schedules there.


If you have a GROUP who would like to help, call Ellen at 

336 922 7195.




Thursday, May 15, 2014

Welcome to the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Community Garden, Winston-Salem, NC




Good news:
  •  Zuchinni, squash and cucumbers are producing huge amounts.

Garden Tips: 

Fertilize new seedlings after first true leaves show up.

Nighttime temperatures effect the growth of summer plants.  Some people pay attention to daytime temperatures but night time temperatures are the most important.  Tender annuals (such as corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.) will survive but won't really germinate as quickly or grow as fast until the nighttime temps. increase.

See you at the garden~
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We love our crops!  This year we grew nearly 7,000 lbs including 11 different varieties of vegetables and melons



Thank you for visiting our blog.  We will try to give you updates on what is happening.  Our mission is to grow fresh, local food for our regional food bank, Second Harvest of Northwestern NC (from Burlington to Boone). With increasing poverty in our area due to the economy and severe loss of jobs, the food bank's needs have more than doubled in the past two years.

We know that fresh produce is the healthiest food there is. We want to make it available to people in need. We are an all volunteer operation. Through this blog we want to inform volunteers and interested persons about what we do. Please join us! The directions to our garden are at the bottom of the page. Tell us if you have questions or ideas. We'd love to hear from you.

Volunteer Leaders

Coordinating Team:

 Harry Corpening, Don Dwiggins, Patsy Dwiggins, Janette Griffin, Libit Glenn, Ellen Kirby, Mike Lawless, Sandee Lawless, Richard McGavern, Jennifer Pierce, Matt Johnson, Francie Thompson, Julie Wood.

Harvest Leaders:  In addition to the above, Leora Henken and Noah Feldman

Garden Mentor for "Adopt a Box" Project:  Daniel Johnson

See sidebar directions to the garden.

For more information


Contact us at harvest.tomatoes@gmail.com or 336 922 7195








Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Group Participation, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

2014 List of Groups who Volunteered at the Garden


Temple Emanuel
Centenary United Methodist Church
Adopt a Box Participants
BB+T Corporation Data Services Department
BB+T Corporation Legal Services Department
Allegacy Credit Union Human Resources Department
Lott Carey Youth Workshop
First Baptist Church Youth
Nielsen Company
The Lighthouse Program of BB+T Corporation
Student Life Program for Youth from Lynchburg, VA
Centenary UMC Older Elemenatry Youth
First Baptist Church (Highland Ave.) Youth
4 H Youth
Garden Club of Boys and Girls Club, Ken Carlson Center
Reynolds American Human Resources Department
Lowe's Foods Corporation
Centenary UMC Outreach Group
Summit Church, Kernersville, "The Big Serve"


With special thanks to:
Daniel Barney, Farm Manager The Children's Home
Maurice Pigott, Consultant with the Farm Program,TCH
Maurice Ware, CEO The Children's Home
Kim McPherson, Educatio and Therapy Director, TCH
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension:
Alison Duncan, Mary Jac Brennan, Wendi Hartup
BB+T
Vulcan Materials Company
Centenary United Methodist Church


If you want to sign up your group, call Ellen Kirby at (336) 922-7195






In 2013 the following groups helped at the garden

Pi Omicron Delta Sorority of Delta Sigma Theta

   Kappa Alpha Sorority from Wake Forest University

    Forsyth Country Day School

   BB + T Accounting Office “Lighthouse Program”


BB+T "United Way" Day of Service

    Temple Emanuel (had to cancel due to rain)

    United Way Young Leaders

     Farm Bureau of NC

     Nielson Company

    Calvary Baptist Student Life Group Girl Scouts

 Centenary United Methodist Church Youth Group

 Centenary United Methodist Church Pre-Teen Vacation Bible School Group

 St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and NW Baptist Church Children

  Garden Club of Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Ken Carson Salvation Army

 Wake Forest Baptist Hospital High School Science Program


Winston-Salem State Women's Softball Team

Ardmore United Methodist Church

Summit Church Kernersville

UTS Global IT Company

Forsyth County Extension Agency (consultation)

Summit Church  Kernersville

Winston-Salem State University Women's Softball Team

Wake Forest Summer Youth Camp for Science

A special thank you to the staff of THE CHILDREN'S HOME

Administration: Maurice Hare and Linda Davis
Horticulture Therapy:  Kim McPherson
Farm Manager: Daniel Barney

and

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA






2012


Wake Forest University School of Business
Franklin Pierce Alumni Group
Starbucks Staff and Customers (Mt. Tabor store)
BB&T Burke Street Insurance, Inc.
United Way 'Young Leaders'
Paisley Middle School
Wake Forest Student Kiwanis Circle K
Centenary United Methodist Church
                Ardmore United Methodist Church
Girl Scouts of King, NC United Methodist Church
Temple Emanuel
SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Wake Forest University
The United Way "Young Leaders"
Girl Scout Troop from King, NC
Wake Forest Athletic Dept.
UST Global Company
Experiment in Self Reliance Staff
Junior Jaycees
Youth from Harrisburg, Illinois First Baptist Church
Centenary UMC Youth Group
Boys and Girls Club, Kids Gardening Group

Centenary United Methodist Church Youth Group

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Chuch

St. Leo's Catholic School

Bishop McGuiness High School

Forsyth County Extension Service (Consultation)

The Children's Home Staff

Piney Grove Baptist Church




2011

Triad Mommies



Mt. Tabor UMC, Adults and youth



4 H Trailblazers, Children and youth



Mt. Pleasant UMC (King, NC) Children and adults


Centenary UMC, Adult Sunday School Class and families

Boys and Girls Club Children's Garden of Winston-Salem

Centenary UMC Children's Mission Project

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine: Project for youth in health careers (2 visits)

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Youth, Fuqua Varina, NC

Winston-Salem Junior Jaycees

Montessori School Teachers and Administrators

Temple Emanuel's Mitzvah Day

"Weeds and Seeds" Garden Club

Forsyth Country Day School

Wake Forest Sociology Class

Wake Forest MBA Students

Piney Grove Baptist Church

Ardmore United Methodist Church

Centenary United Methodist Church

The Children's Home Farm staff

Forsyth County Extension Service

Paisley Middle School

Crosby Scholars program

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC

Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine-Project for youth in health careers

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church

THANKS  TO   ALL....


AND, of course,  all of the REGULAR VOLUNTEERS at the garden.  These are the people who come often and are the backbone of the garden. Many more REGULAR volunteers are needed.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Journal March 8, 2014

After two days of snow, we went out to the garden to check things out.  It is a beautiful day and currently 63 degrees.  Full sun.  Lots of water and drainage going on as the snow melted.  We had two inches yesterday and temps down in the 20's.  Jennifer Pierce and I explored the garden with our new Garden Mentor, Daniel Johnson, who will coordinate the raised bed "Adopt a Box" program.  We are having a meeting of interested people this coming Thursday. Our Coordinating Committee met last week and developed plans for the season.  All ten members were present. The red clover cover crop (planted last fall) is looking good and so far not many weeds or Bermuda grass have shown up in the space.  We will plow the crop under toward the end of March.  We need to get the plastic bed covers lifted as soon as the fields are dry enough.  Then we plow and lay down the plastic.

Ellen

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Produce Favorites...Snapper Bell Peppers

Sunday, May 25


Had a great day yesterday.  We planted squash, butterfly flowers (those that attract butterflies and other pollinators and 'Sugar Baby' watermelons. Except for bell peppers and sweet potatoes, we are finished planting. Harvesting cucumbers will probably begin around the second week in June.

On this coming Saturday, May 31,  we have over 300 bell pepper plants to get into the ground.   If you can join us, we need you!  Come to the garden (see directions in sidebar) from 9 AM -11:30 AM.

No RSVP needed.  Children with parents welcome.

Sunday, May 4

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to plant yesterday.  About 11 people came, including a Reagan high school student who is getting credit for his volunteering at the garden.  The volunteers finished planting all the watermelon seeds in the top field.   Also, our "Adopt a Box" group of about 15 people met in the afternoon and continued to plant and cultivate their boxes.

Thanks to all the people who visited the garden Sat.  Thirty people signed up for our e list.  They visited the garden as part of the "Save the Farm" tour at The Children's Home which was a big success.  Many were totally surprised to see what was going on at the garden and enjoyed walking through the garden; they had never been there before.


Good news:
  • Cucumbers, zucchini, corn, okra  and watermelon are coming up from the recent Saturday plantings.
  • BB&T Corp. will be sending a group of employees to help us plant over 400 tomato and pepper plants (their third year).  
  • We got a generous contribution from the Weed and Seed Garden Club for purchase of seeds.
  • Lawnmowers are up and running
  • Standing water is being piped out by volunteer team
  • Irrigation is installed
  • Tomatoes and peppers were transplanted from seedlings in the greenhouse by a team of volunteers

Garden Tips: 

Fertilize new seedlings after first true leaves show up.

Nighttime temperatures effect the growth of summer plants.  Some people pay attention to daytime temperatures but night time temperatures are the most important.  Tender annuals (such as corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.) will survive but won't really germinate as quickly or grow as fast until the nighttime temps. increase.

See you at the garden~
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------



We love our crops!  This year we grew nearly 7,000 lbs including 11 different varieties of vegetables and melons



Thank you for visiting our blog.  We will try to give you updates on what is happening.  Our mission is to grow fresh, local food for our regional food bank, Second Harvest of Northwestern NC (from Burlington to Boone). With increasing poverty in our area due to the economy and severe loss of jobs, the food bank's needs have more than doubled in the past two years.

We know that fresh produce is the healthiest food there is. We want to make it available to people in need. We are an all volunteer operation. Through this blog we want to inform volunteers and interested persons about what we do. Please join us! The directions to our garden are at the bottom of the page. Tell us if you have questions or ideas. We'd love to hear from you.

Volunteer Leaders

Coordinating Team:

 Harry Corpening, Don Dwiggins, Patsy Dwiggins, Janette Griffin, Libit Glenn, Ellen Kirby, Mike Lawless, Sandee Lawless, Richard McGavern, Jennifer Pierce, Matt Johnson, Francie Thompson

Harvest Leaders:  In addition to the above, Leora Henken and Noah Feldman

Garden Mentor for "Adopt a Box" Project:  Daniel Johnson

See sidebar directions to the garden.

For more information


Contact us at harvest.tomatoes@gmail.com or 336 922 7195








Sunday, September 8, 2013

BB&T Bank Participates in United Way's Day of Caring

Employees helped to put our compost bin in order

Building a spiral garden with recycled materials:  banana leaves and bricks





Finished compost....was it really broccoli just six months ago?


With a spiral garden you can save space.  One 6' spiral is equivalent of a 25' row.



Repairing ad putting our sign up

Some of the wonderful folks from BB&T

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Volunteer Activities

 


Sunday, March 30:We will remove plastic row covers on March 30
Saturday, April 19:  First planting day, 9AM




Double check our calendar at

jimandbettyholmesfoodbankgarden.shutterfly.com



Directions to the Garden:

We are located at The Children's Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC.  near the intersection of Reynolda and Northwest Blvd.

Since the property of The Children's Home is 200 acres, you will need to go 1/2  a mile to get to the garden once you enter the property. 

Enter at 1001 Reynolda and turn first left.  Follow that road past the ball field to continue toward the barns via the gravel road; continue on the gravel road and turn left towards the fields beyond the barns.  Park where you see the sign "Food Bank Garden".

For more information, call (336) 306-0690 or (336) 922-7195.