It was a slow week at the Learning Garden with the holiday on Tuesday. The weather presented some challenges as well and we unfortunately had to cancel on a couple of volunteers because of the heavy rain. The rain also prevented our gardener from being able to harvest for…
It was a slow week at the Learning Garden with the holiday on Tuesday. The weather presented some challenges as well and we unfortunately had to cancel on a couple of volunteers because of the heavy rain. The rain also prevented our gardener from being able to harvest for this week’s donation to Community Development For All People.
Despite limits from the weather, some green beans were harvested earlier in the week and our gardener got some weeding and watering done. One big project was to clean up the greenhouse and the raised beds, which involved lots of weeding as well as organizing flats of tomatoes, eggplants, radishes, and more. On the agenda for the weekend is to put in tomato stakes, which allow the plants to grow upward. If left to sprawl tomato plants are more susceptible to disease and the quality of the fruit suffers.
The Hoover Haven project is nearing its conclusion. Getting the flooring down properly proved to be an arduous task, but our staff was well equipped to handle it. The kitchen cabinets were also painted. We went with a dark blue to compliment the light blue on the walls of the Hoover Haven and to break up some of the wood to tie the room together. Stay tuned for photos of the final product!
All of us at the Hoover YMCA Park are extremely excited for the completion of this new education center. To celebrate the Hoover Haven, we’ll be hosting a fundraiser on August 10 to raise money for the development of educational programs for the new space! Chef Kuukua from Asempe Kitchen will be breaking in the new kitchen to prepare a meal, which will be followed by an event where guests will see a cooking demonstration by Chef Kuukua and, of course, sample the food. Be on the look out for the Facebook event and link to buy tickets! We hope you all will join us to share Chef Kuukua’s unique take on Ghanaian cuisine for a great cause.
As always, if you’re interested in volunteering in the Learning Garden please visit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank Volunteer Hub online to sign up. We love volunteers!