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๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต, when people across the United States come together to fight hunger. According to Feeding America, โ€œIt’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis โ€” and dedicate ourselves to a solution.โ€ Around 15,430 St. Lawrence County residents, or 14.2% of the population, are food insecure – which can range from a reduction in food quality and variety to reduced food intake and disrupted eating patterns.

GardenShare has a collection of resources around the issues of hunger. Do you like books? Videos? Podcast? We got it all! Take action and educate yourself with this list of resources on our website.

๐——๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—–๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก?
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ƒ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ž๐™ง & 5๐™† ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ, ๐™Ž๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง 18, 2022 ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‘๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™  ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข 12:30-3:30๐™ฅ๐™ข.

Your registration and participation in the 5K supports GardenShareโ€™s mission of increasing access to healthy, nutritious local food for our North Country neighbors. Registration is $25 per person. Discount codes are available to use on your registration total.

Alongside the race, food and drink vendors, live music, and interactive activities will be available in the park for all ages. Also, community partners such as Canton Sustainability Committee, Maximizing Independent Living Choices, Nature Up North, Potsdam Climate Smart Communities, St. Lawrence County Public Transit, St. Lawrence Health, and WIC will be tabling, sharing information, and running activities.

To learn more, visit GardenShare’s website

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜: ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป
GardenShare is pleased to announce organization founder, Phil Harnden, as the 2022 Growing Community Award recipient.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Phil Harnden began publishing The North Country Gardener in 1990, a bimonthly newsletter with the aim of dispensing useful cold-climate gardening information. Not long after the success of the newsletter, Harnden solicited the help of veteran North Country gardeners to offer workshops and other programs about cold-climate gardening, tailored towards “novices like himselfโ€, under the moniker North Country Garden School. Realizing that most gardeners grow an overabundance of food, Phil Harnden began encouraging attendees at North Country Garden School workshops to donate their extra produce to local food pantries. Even when the workshops ended, Harnden was dedicated to connecting gardeners with local food pantries to donate their overabundance of crops. In May 2001, GardenShare was incorporated as a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger, and in December, the IRS recognized GardenShare Inc. as an official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Phil’s efforts have shaped the organization into what it is today. Ten years after its incorporation, Harnden stepped down from his leadership position at GardenShare in 2011.

Phil Harnden expressed that it is a great honor to receive this award: “I am so happy to see the work of GardenShare continuing after all these years. I know that the staff, board, and supporters share my belief that the pleasure of eating delicious, wholesome food belongs to everyone. We want everyone to have a place at the table. So it is gratifying to see that GardenShare, with its energetic staff and its creative programs, continues to work hard to end hunger in our community.”

Executive Director, Carlene Doane, shared: โ€œIโ€™m excited to be part of recognizing Phil for his vision, hard work, and continued engagement in addressing food security in our community. He took a chance on me when he hired me and Iโ€™m forever grateful for his leadership. Acknowledging and honoring him with this award is appropriate since GardenShare has been going strong for over 25 years.โ€

๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ข๐˜„๐—ป
We’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who celebrated National Farmers Market Week with our markets in early August. Farmers markets cannot happen on their own, and it’s thanks to our dedicated vendors, volunteers, staff, and customers that the markets continue to be a success.

We’d also like to thank everyone who donated fresh produce and funds to our partner programs: Church & Community Program in Canton, SLCDC Potsdam Neighborhood Center in Potsdam, Grace Food Pantry in Gouverneur, and Hammond Food Pantry in Hammond.

๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ
GardenShare, Canton Farmers Market, and Potsdam Farmers Market will be participating in Local Foods Weekend, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, during the weekend of September 9-11. Canton and Potsdam Markets will have special vendors coming for the day, and some of our regular vendors are participating with farm tours, special menus, and events.

For a full list of weekend activities, visit the Local Foods Weekend webpage

๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€? ๐—จ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ!
Make sure you use your WIC and Senior Coupons before the end of market season! The coupons are no longer usable after the season’s end. Many of our markets will be operating until mid- to end of October, so make sure you are utilizing the coupons – you can find market information here. If you are unable to make it to market, ask a friend, family member, caretaker, etc. to purchase your fruits and vegetables.

Image credits:
5K committee member Victoria Leader at GardenShare’s 2021 Fight Hunger 5K. Canton, NY.
Image courtesy of Maggie Sullivan.