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𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵, when people across the United States come together to fight hunger. According to Feeding America, “It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis — and dedicate ourselves to a solution.” 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.
𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡?
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙁𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙃𝙪𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙁𝙖𝙞𝙧 & 5𝙆 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙎𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙮, 𝙎𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 18, 2022 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙑𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙞𝙣 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 12:30-3:30𝙥𝙢.
Your registration and participation in the 5K supports GardenShare’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
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁: 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻
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 himself”, 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: “I’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 I’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.”
𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗖𝗮𝗻’𝘁 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗢𝘄𝗻
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.
𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗩𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱
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
𝗚𝗼𝘁 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀? 𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺!
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.
5K committee member Victoria Leader at GardenShare’s 2021 Fight Hunger 5K. Canton, NY.
Image courtesy of Maggie Sullivan.