Saturday was the final get together of volunteers to put the finishing touches on this years Avon Community Garden and Food Pantry Production Farm which is just one of the many projects of the Avon Township Community Foundation headed by Wendy Warden. Two weeks ago quite a number of vegetable rows were planted but since the community garden has doubled in size this year it took a second volunteer day to wrap things up. Plant contributions were excellent and the volunteers actually ran out of tilled soil to plant some of the items. With only one resident plot left still for lease, some more tomato plants were placed there. Smaller areas that were being set aside for some dwarf trees also received unexpected plants instead. Volunteers of all ages showed up to help including little Claire, 3-year old daughter of Cynthia and Mike. Proudly sporting her new straw hat, Claire planted quite a number of tomato plants and would have stayed even longer had her parents not needed to leave.
Avon Township Supervisor, Sam Yingling, spent the bulk of the day helping at the garden bringing with him a whole lot of additional large tomato plants. Now that’s an elected official that walks the walk!
Volunteers took a break around 2:00 to woof down some goodies from Italian Ovens, thanks to Supervisor Yingling.
Along with planting more rows of vegetables, David fired up his neat little rototiller and cleaned up around the plants that were planted two weeks ago.
Volunteer Mark shows three year old Claire and her brother, two year old budding reporter Mike, how to properly plant tomatoes which Claire loved doing.
Wendy Warden poses with her good friend Cynthia, who along with her husband Mike, came with Claire and little Mike to see where their plot was located and volunteer their services.
This is just the start of a long garden growing season which will require many additional hours of tending to weeds, tying up tomato plants, watering, and harvesting ripe vegetables. Volunteers will be needed all season long to help make this a bountiful year. Last years harvest netted close to 2,000 pounds and this years goal is to exceed 3,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for food pantry participants. Please consider signing up as a volunteer by contacting Wendy at the Foundation = 224-338-9240