Planting Day at the Mange Garden!
Saturday, May 11th was a special day at Crocker Park's North Union Farmer's Market - it was Planting Day in the Mange Garden.
I went along with a group of kids from the Garden Valley Hunger Center who volunteered their time and energy, to plant vegetables that will soon be donated to our hunger centers on the west side of Cleveland. The Crocker Park Team welcomed us to the Mange Garden that morning and we quickly got started planting all sorts of fruits and veggies like: cantaloupe, lettuce and onions, oh my! There was a separate area for oodles of tomato plants and an area for cucumbers - yum!
We learned about the importance of nutrition and how beneficial fresh veggies and fruits are to our daily diets. After planting all morning, we had worked up quite an appetite. Crocker Park treated us to lunch outside of Liquid Planet, and we enjoyed it under the sunshine!
This new partnership with Crocker Park's Mange Garden is in support of the Hunger Network's Garden for Giving. The Garden for Giving program was created approximately 3 years ago and continues to grow. Fresh fruits and vegetables are one of the most difficult food items to get into the hands of our clients, but most important to a nutritious diet. The program's goal was to establish gardens at hunger centers that had enough land, a water source and the volunteers to run the garden. For the centers that are not able to host their own gardn, we are working hard to establish connections with local community gardens, such as the Mange Garden.
Celebrating 25 Years!
It's hard to believe the 25th Annual Majestic Steel Walk for Hunger was 10 days ago - but, what a wonderful day it was! Last Saturday, although a tad chilly, we gathered to celebrate this anniversary and continue the tradition of walking to raise funds and awareness for the hungry in our community.
It was a jam-packed morning full of fun as we welcomed all walkers with breakfast provided by Earthfare and Marcís and entertainment from the St. Ignatius Circus Company and Cleveland Gladiators Goddesses. Our annual Kick-Off Ceremony was lead by 19 Action News Ed Gallek and Jason Handman. They had a lilí help from the Cleveland Cavaliers Moondog and Sir CC. Sir CC has already posted pictures from the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavs_sircc/sets/72157633495494374/. [More photos to come in the next week!]