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Notes and Progress:  Harvest Continues 

We are truly grateful for the participation, help, and plain hard work that people do to make vegetables available at the Food Bank. On Tuesday, Tom and Wendy helped dig carrots and pull cabbage stumps at one garden.  On Thursday, the United Methodist Gleaners harvested 945 pounds of winter squash (butternut), and about 500 pounds of onions. These onions, harvested in the rain, will be dried for a few days before delivery.  On Saturday, Key Clubs harvested pumpkins and painted and carved them for a fund-raiser.  Also on Saturday, people from St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church harvested beets, and parsnips, and winter squash. Then they washed and crated them. Their total of 472 pounds was good morning’s work. Altogether this week, with groups and regular volunteers (state employees) and Mackenzie, Marla and Don, we brought in 2,525 pounds of vegetables!  We are now up to 26,501 pounds.

Stuff happens!  Noe Yoder, one of our 2017 student part-timers, was riding her bike downtown, swerved to avoid a jay-walker, crashed, and broke her leg.  She was planning on helping us harvest until we were done, but will obviously now be working on recovery.  We will miss her and wish her the best.  She will be going to school on crutches or a walker for a while.  Get better Noe!


Schedule for October 23rd through 28th

Monday, 10/23, WS, 8:00- Noon, Harvest tomatoes and cabbage, take out tomato vines.

Tuesday, 10/24 MGNW/Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm 8:30-1 PM Harvest peppers, remainder of tomatoes, miscellaneous irrigation system work.

Wednesday, 10/25, MGNW/Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm, 9 to Noon Karen Gaul and TESC students will harvest carrots and clean up the tomato patch.  Fence-like structures that hold up the tomato vines will be taken down to allow for crop rotation next year. 

Thursday, 10/26 Capitol Campus, Noon to 3 (Freedom Farmers from 12:20 to 2:30) Leeks harvest, replanting of garlics for crow damage.

Thursday, 10/26 Capitol Campus 5 to 6:30 Continue Leek harvest.

Thursday, 10/26, West Side, Noon to 3 TESC group, Seeds of Change, harvest, clean-up and end of season take-downs.

Friday, 10/27 Not Scheduled

Saturday, 10/28 West Side 9 to Noon, pole stacking and clean-up


Special Request:  Consider a donation to support the garden interns next year.  Part-time farm/garden workers in temporary employment with the Food Bank acting as employer, helps give 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

Mackenzie McCall, 360-259-8791, mackenzie.cleone@gmail.com

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 10/23/17
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