SPROUT!

We are approaching the end of the gardening season, but many crops are not ready to pick yet. However, the tomatoes are ripening and Lee, Ann, Esther and two women from Warren Wilson Presbyterian harvested 2 large flat boxes-full as well as cucumbers and yellow, patty pan and butternut squash. There will be more tomatoes plus black eye peas and lima beans to pick next month. The sweet potatoes won’t be ready to be dug until fall or when the tops die because they are just now growing potatoes underground. There is enough interest to continue with the garden until everything is harvested and we may be able to extend the Garden Project until there is nothing left to pick. The produce picked today went to the MANNA Food Bank.
~Jane
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Lights, Camera, Action!

Hello all!  The new light bulbs have come in!  Thanks to Maura Farver, we now have the bulbs to replace all of our overhead lights in most of the building.  Sanctuary bulbs will be replaced after the building is areas are completed.  We are so excited to take this giant green living step with you, and your encouragement and support has meant everything to the Staff members who have been working toward this goal.   Most importantly, we are caring for God’s Creations by reducing energy– …..with an added bonus of large cost savings!

Maura, if you are reading this- THANKS FORM ALL OF US! And, good luck in your future endeavors 🙂

–Penny

SPROUT!

August 20, 2011.

Things are beginning to wind down at the garden but there is still picking that needs to be done. Lee pulled up the failed corn crop; what managed to survive was either eaten by crows or didn’t mature properly. The cucumbers have finished producing for the year but the large tomatoes are still ripening.

Ellen and Susie and 2 volunteers from Warren Wilson Presbyterian picked bagsful of the tiny yellow pear tomatoes and some half-runner green beans for the MANNA food bank. The lima beans have pods but aren’t filled out yet. They might be ready for picking on Saturday along with some nice-sized tomatoes, but the sweet potatoes won’t be ready to be dug until late September. That will give them enough time to grow to a good size for harvesting.

~Jane

SPROUT!

The garden is looking so much better after all the weeding and harvesting done by our 15 volunteers last week, and is looking even better after 6 adults and 2 children volunteered this week. It was such a delight to see the kids excited about picking a tomato that looked like a snowman or simply playing in the dirt. We all worked on weeding the tomatoes and sweet potatoes because they still have some growing to do but Laura got the star for best weeder of the group. Ellen and Michael moved the trellis from the finished peas to a new crop of beans. In addition we harvested beans, some tomatoes, yellow and patty pan squash, and cucumbers.

Ann and I took our harvest this week to the Welcome Table of Swannanoa. They have a food pantry on Tuesdays and serve a free meal on Wednesdays that is open to everyone. Many people come not because they are hungry for food, but because they are hungry for fellowship.

~Jane

~God’s Handiwork~

They are everywhere! They are beautiful! They are…..fixin’ to migrate…..

HUMMINGBIRDS!

How about a Handiwork shout out for these specialized creatures.  Don’t take it for granted when these fast little miracles feed at your feeder.

They are eating like crazy right now to fatten up for the big migration to Central America.  Their flight path crosses the Gulf of Mexico, and some make that distance without stopping. <–That’s 18-20 HOURS ! ! !

From the Cornell University website:

“The nest is the size of large thimble, built directly on top of the branch rather than in a fork.

It’s made of thistle or dandelion down held together with strands of spider silk and sometimes pine resin.  The exterior of the nest is decorated (probably camouflaged) with bits of lichen and moss. The nest takes 6-10 days to finish and measures about 2 inches across and 1 inch deep.”

This seemingly delicate structure is actually very durable and created to hold 1-3 eggs which are the size of a pea.

For Legends about the Hummingbird, CLICK HERE.