Free & Fit Summer Camp - Friday 12th July 2019 - by Smadar Shemmesh from the Centre for Food Act
Free & Fit Summer Camp - Friday 12th July 2019 - by Smadar Shemmesh from the Centre for Food Action
A short reflection on our recent trip to the Centre for Food Action where we helped to pick weeds, work on the allotment and sample some wonderful cucumber from Jerusalem! The Centre for Food Actions Smadar Shemmesh was our host and author of this blog.
“On a mid-summer morning a group comprised of 5 young campers, Cody, Christopher, Sarah, Jonathan and Rishabh, came in to the Center for Food Action Pantry Garden in Englewood, NJ. Along with their counselor, Tim Chew, they came to lend a hand, weed, mulch and prune.
The Center for Food Action, CFA for short, has a community garden adjacent to its headquarters. The garden provides on a regular basis, a much-needed staple of fresh fruits and vegetables to the pantry clients from late April through November. The Center for Food Action Pantry Garden is volunteer based and is run by a Master Gardener.
After an introduction morning meeting, the young campers were given a quick lesson on effective weeding, and were handed gloves to protect their fingers from the thorny Thistle weeds that dot the spaces between the raised garden beds. On their knees, leaf bags in hand they covered a considerable area and within 60 minutes, that garden space looked so much better.
Before they departed, the campers were given a tour of the CFA Pantry Garden. They were shown a variety of vegetables that are grown for the CFA Pantry clients. They tasted herbs such as mint and parsley, sampled our beans and cucumbers and were introduced to some NJ native plants that are planted in the raised beds to attract pollinators. We appreciated their assistance and hope they will consider returning to the garden next summer.”
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