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Notes and Progress:

Harvest and getting ready for the cooler off-season.  When we get a crop completely out, that area is tilled and cover crop seed is applied.  This year we are using a combination of grain rye and vetch.  Cover crops grab soil nutrients and hold them for use by the next season crop.  If the vetch grows well it will contribute to the nitrogen need.  Last week the onion harvest was a single day record at about 1,400 pounds.  Wet weather made us dry them on tables on the west side.  The onion season total is over 4,000 pounds with only cabbage at about 5,500 pounds staying ahead.  The all crops, season total is now over 23,000 pounds.  


Schedule for October 16th through 21th

Monday, 10/16, WS, 8:00- Noon, Harvest, tomatoes, cabbage, taking out tomato vines.

Tuesday, 10/17 MGNW/Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm 8:30-1 PM Harvest tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, removal of cabbage stumps 

Wednesday, 10/18, 8:30 to 1  Location and tasks To Be Determined, call Don if you need to know where to show up. 

Thursday, 10/19 Capitol Campus, 9 AM to Noon Harvest winter squash with the First United Methodist Gleaners (FUMCO) with delivery to Food Bank warehouse.  

Thursday, 10/19 Capitol Campus 5 to 6:30 Finish squash or work on onions.

Friday, 10/20 Not Scheduled

Saturday, 10/21 West Side 9 to Noon, South patch weed removal, possible parsnip harvest, and bean pole stacking and clean-up, possible beet harvest.

Saturday, 10/21 West Side Morning, Pumpkin decorating by Key Clubs


Special Request:  Consider a donation to support the garden interns next year.  Part-time, temporary employment with the Food Bank acting as employer, gives the gardens week to week continuity, and helps us keep ahead of the weeds. Your donation to the Thurston County Food Bank with a request that your donation be used for Food Bank garden workers guarantees that your donation will be used that way.  Thank You!


Thank you everybody for all you do!

Don Leaf

Olympia Kiwanis Food Bank Gardens

Garden Addresses:

West Side: 3839 11th Ave. NW, Olympia WA 98502, north on Kaiser, west on 11th Ave, on the south side of the road, watch for the yellow fence posts.

MGNW/Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm, 3020 Friendly Grove Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98501, north on Friendly Grove Rd turn east on 30th Ct NE, go to the end, on the right side.

Capitol Campus, 212 Maple Park Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501 (Just north of the Employment Security Building)


Don Leaf 357-7188 and 360-701-5657, or leafd@comcast.net

Marla Kentfield: marlamk@comcast.net or 360-259-3189 information or for changes to or deletion from the list

Take a look at Olympia Kiwanis Good to Grow video by Ann and Dennis Mills:


Last Updated on 10/15/17
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