At last! The spring harvest has begun! Thank you for your commitment to growing to share - we are seeing produce donations increase across the country, and are excited for a great season of supporting our communities through our home gardens. 

With the summer heat on the way, we’re digging deeper into irrigation this month - read on for the pros and cons of different irrigation methods. Now’s also a great time to start thinking about extending the growing season. Succession planting is an easy way to create a steady harvest throughout the summer. When planting your late-season crop, remember to plant with a plan to share!

GARDENING IDEAS AND TIPS
THE KNUCKLE TEST: "Our fingers are excellent tools for determining soil moisture: put your finger in the soil up to your first knuckle and feel if the soil is moist underneath. If it is, you can likely hold back unless you’re seeing drooping."

Looking for more info about watering, and extending your growing season?  Check out this month’s tips on watering and extending your growing season, from our friends at Colorado State Extension! 

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT


Metro Food Rescue (Detroit Metro, MI)
 

a photo from Metro Food RescueMetro Food Rescue (MFR) started with a simple idea. Waste Less and Feed More.

With more than 40% of food in this country destined for landfills and an ever-increasing number of food insecure households in Metro Detroit, MFR's mission has never been more critical, and has only been exacerbated by the COVID crisis. 

MFR rescues food that would otherwise be discarded, and delivers it to food pantries throughout the Detroit area. Because of the growing need, MFR complements and supplements the region’s major food-focused organizations.

MFR also works with a growing list of food donors from big box stores, to Bimbo Bread Company, to Farmers Markets,  to schools. A large share of donated food actually comes from excess at food pantries. To help solve that problem, MFR redistributes food from pantries to other pantries with different volumes or populations.

Bracken's Kitchen (Orange County, CA)
 
Wendy from Bracken's KitchenBracken’s Kitchen was founded in 2013 with a simple mission: Through food rescue, culinary training and their community feeding program, Bracken's Kitchen is are committed to rescuing, re-purposing and restoring both food and lives. The heart of Bracken's Kitchen can be found in a statement first uttered in 1957 by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr;  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” 

At the core of the Bracken's Kitchen mission is a deep commitment to their nonprofit charity partners, business and professional supporters, volunteers, donors and employees. Their relationship with each and every one of these groups is as important to them as those they feed. 

Bracken's Kitchen is committed to providing over 1.5 million tasty and nutritious meals in 2022.
COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Here's a sampling of amazing community events happening this month!
 

Wednesday, June 1 | Food Is Free Washington (Tacoma, WA): Food Is Free Washington holds FIG Share Days twice a week on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. We will be giving away fresh produce we have collected over the week and plant starts to help people get started on their own gardens.

Saturdays, June 4 - August 27 | Food Strong (Cleveland, OH): Each week from 10:00am-11:30am at the Food Strong Learning Garden, Stacy Stangel, a representative from Central State University will be hosting the Junior Market Garden Club, teaching families how to garden at home. We will be planting seeds, weeding, amending the soil, and as fruits and vegetables come into season we will be harvesting, cooking, and preserving them. We will also learn entrepreneurial skills and selling some of the products they make with the food they grow at the Coit Road Farmers Market. The Food Strong Learning Garden is located at 15000 Woodworth Ave. East Cleveland OH 44112


Monday, June 6 | UC Merced (Merced, CA):  Please join the University of California, Merced on Monday, 6/6 at 2 PM PDT for an AMA with Caroline Cotto, Co-Founder & COO of Renewal Mill, a venture-backed startup creating a new circular economy of food by upcycling the byproducts of food manufacturing into premium ingredients and products. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Can't attend, but have a question for Caroline? Email emeyer4@ucmerced.edu.

Thursday, June 9 | Food Strong (Cleveland, OH): NEW MARKET! Food Strong Cleveland in coordination with the cities of South Euclid and Cleveland Heights is opening a new, year-long market with a variety of vendors ranging from baked goods to vegetables to jewelry.  We will also have food trucks, games for kids, art, music and more! The market will be held at Quarry Park North 4223 Monticello Blvd, South Euclid, OH 44121 weekly from 4:00pm-8:00pm until October 13th at which point it will be moved to the South Euclid Pottery Museum. This is the only year long farmers market in the region that is not on the Sabbath. If you are interested in becoming a vendor please reach out to us at ursula@foodstrong.org

Wednesday, June 22 | The Super Local  Food Project (Hampton, VA):  In support of all things local our local breweries offer a stage for 501-c-3’s to be featured and gush about their mission and vision. The Super Local Food Project presents The Crop Foundation culinary education experience from seed to service. Our local breweries host for 100% tips 10% sales. Thanks to Coastal Brewing we can support local food! Contact Lara: Superlocalfoodproject@gmail.com

COMING SOON... July 1 - July 31 | Operation Food Search (St. Louis, MO) Tomato Explosion is Back!

Visit a participating restaurant in July. Order their tomato-inspired dish. Restaurants donate a portion of sales to Operation Food Search!


 

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