The Mishnah Garden Keeps Growing and Giving

The 2011 season’s Mishnah Garden harvest tally is in and we’ve surpassed last year’s harvest of 136 pounds. You tasted the garden’s delicious bounty all summer at weekly Onegs. In addition, this year we donated 167 lbs. of vegetables grown in the Mishnah Garden in combination with an additional 47 lbs. from congregants’ own gardens for a grand total of 214 lbs.

 The food was donated to Manna, Anne Arundel Food Bank, Lighthouse Shelter, and Open Arms. Fred divulged the secret to the additional harvest poundage by saying simply, “it was all the pumpkins!”

 Garden mavenFred Pinkneyand Manna food deliverer, Elise Caplan display a year in review poster of garden activities thanking those who helped to make this year’s harvest a success.


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New Garden Chug Forming

One of the most fun aspects of gardening communally is to compare best growing practices and to ask questions. Why can’t you plant garlic from Safeway? How do you know when a pumpkin is ripe for picking? How do you cook long-beans? Whether you are an experienced home gardener able to share your knowledge or a beginner wanting to get started in growing your own—join the newly forming Gardening Chug (aka Special Interest Group). We will meet inside periodically during the winter months and meet at the Mishnah Garden during the growing season to learn and practice together. Fred Pinkney will lead this group and seeks fellow gardeners to share their wisdom; all ages and experience levels welcome. Join us and our community partners,  Groundwork Anacostia for our kick-off gardening chug and garden cleanup on Nov. 6 starting with noon potluck and gardening between 1-3pm. RSVP for potluck to Elise Caplan–bring a healthy dish for six and number attending.


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