𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘂𝘀 𝗕𝘂𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗳𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝘁’𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵!
Thanks to Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Grant, GardenShare’s Bonus Bucks program can reach even more local families in need.
The Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant has distributed nearly $34 million since the program’s inception. This year, GardenShare was a lucky recipient.
Bonus Bucks is a cost-sharing program for income-eligible St. Lawrence County residents. The program assists participants in purchasing either a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share or items at any of the five St. Lawrence County farmers markets.
To learn more about Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant, visit their website: https://www.stewartsshops.com/holiday-match/holiday-match-overview/.
Applications are now open for the 2022 Bonus Bucks program!
• Are you eligible? Find out on GardenShare.org and fill out the application.
• Are you already a shopper at the farmers markets or a CSA shareholder? Consider donating to the program to help spread the joys of fresh, local food.
𝗨𝗽𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲!
• SUNY Potsdam Food Insecurity Conference – April 9
• St. Lawrence University Green Living Fair – April 23
• Save the Date!
It’s almost time for GardenShare’s Annual Fundraising Dinner.
On Wednesday, June 8th, we will be hosting the event at The 1844 House.
Our May 2022 Enews will have more information!
𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀?
GardenShare’s Online Food Guide has a curated list of food resources such as farms, restaurants and retail that support local farmers, and more! https://www.gardenshare.org/food-guide
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻?: 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹
Even though we’ve seen a handful of mornings with snow on the ground, we promise that spring is here!
Look around at the produce in season. From the field, you can find wild leeks. From the greenhouse, leafy greens, spinach, and arugula make for a great salad. Check to see if that horseradish in your garden is ready for picking. Get excited because rhubarb and asparagus season is right around the corner!
Remember, local goods like eggs, cheese, and meats are available all year round!
𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗧𝘄𝗼-𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗣𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁-𝗼𝗳-𝗦𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿𝘀
An Electronic Point-of-Sale (POS) system presents new opportunities for farmers to improve sales. To orient farmers to Point-of-Sale, a two-part webinar series is planned for Thursdays, April 21 and 28, from 6:30-8:00 PM. The webinars are appropriate for any farm stand/store vendor interested in or currently using Square or another POS system.
Farms that would like to participate in the POS research are encouraged to register here: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscO-hrzguHNYJX3unCSGH2-M4Vt-vYOI8
More information can be found on Cornell Cooperative Extension’s website: http://cceschoharie-otsego.org/covid-19-resources/connections-extra/business-financial-resources
𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀
Check out what’s happening in the community!
• Clarkson University teaching the next generation the power of composting!
Don’t throw it away! Schools recover energy from cafeteria food waste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOjO3dwPU84&ab_channel=ResearchOutreach
Faculty and students from Clarkson University have partnered with Canton Central School to create a resource recovery education project. University students mentor younger learners through classroom lessons and after school activities to teach them about reducing food waste, sustainable waste practices, and biogas production from organic wastes.
𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙤𝙣 𝘾𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙀𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙮, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣’𝙨 𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙗𝙤𝙣-𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙮, 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚.
𝗪𝗵𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺
Whitten Family Farm would like to share that sign ups are available for its Food Waste Repurposing program! https://www.whittenfamilyfarm.com/compost-food-waste
A composting program to repurpose food waste, this will keep food out of landfills, provide fertilizer to local farmers, and stimulate the local economy. With weekly pickups in Potsdam, Massena, Winthrop and Brasher Falls, the fertilizer will be used on the family farm and sold to growers in the community.
If you’ve been looking for a composting system here in the North County, contact the Whitten Family Farm at (315) 328-5559 or WhittenFamilyFarm@gmail.com.