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Here is the lastest updates regarding Fields to Families. Please note changes in contact information and updated opportunties below!

Farmers Markets

Many of you have expressed interest in helping with the Farmer’s Markets. Depending on the location, you will be at a table, talking to attendees of the market about the mission, accepting dontations, and in some cases collecting produce for recipient agencies. If you are still interested in helping out this year, please contact the respective leader for each market.

Charleston

Volunteer Co coordinator –
Danielle Tucker
Mt. Pleasant
Volunteer Co coordinators –
Jim Calhoun
Ann Calhoun

Summerville

Volunteer Coordinator
Marjorie Veneziano

<tveneziano@sc.rr.com>
843.851.5343 or  843.607.4519

North Charleston Farmers Market NEW!!

Volunteer Coordinator

Melissa Wagner
ivyridge@jdcmanagementco.com
803-476-6535

Daniel Island Farmers Market is now in need of a Volunteer Coordinator.

Events


We are currently in the process of creating a new Events Committee that will be meeting regularly to plan, seek out, and participate in events. If you only want to volunteer at specific events, please see opportunities below.

April
Night Heron Park
10am-2pm
Help celebrate Earthday by sharing the mission of Fields to Families with residents and visitors of Kiawah. Volunteers can either hand out information or participate in hands-on activity of making paper pots, filling them with soil with children and planting seeds.
Park Circle
11am-3pm
If you are interested in doing a hands-on activity this Earthday weekend, come out to North Charleston and participate in hands-on activity of making paper pots, filling them with soil with children and planting seeds.

22nd:
Charleston Eco Fashion Event 

April 22, 2011 – Earth Day
7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Michael Mitchell Gallery
Tickets – $20 (a portion of proceeds benefit Fields to Families)
Gleaning
We will continue to send out email notifications of gleaning opportunities. If you are interested in receiving training to lead gleanings, please contact us.
Gardening

Fields to Families currently has one main garden in Moncks Corner in partnership with Junior League, Whole Foods, and 4-H but if you live in that area and would like to get involved, please contact Phyllis Ford at <phyllisford@bellsouth.net> or 843.766.8234

We are also partnering with a local non-profit project called Sweetgrass Garden Co-op on Johns Island that donates their produce to the hungry. Their garden is located at 3105 Plowground Rd. Johns Island, SC 29455. If you are interested in having a group come out to help or simply wish to volunteer on your own, please contact Dale Snyder at dale.snyder@att.net or 843-270-0889. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities from planting to construction.
For questions or further information, please email info@fieldstofamilies.org

We look forward to seeing you all this Spring!!

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Volunteer Greg Vanderwerker proudly displays turnips gleaned on Wadmalaw Island

The time for gleaning is here! With the warm weather approaching, many fall and winter crops have begun to flower and we have to harvest them quick.

Our first official gleaning this season will be out atRosebank Farm on Johns Island, this Wednesday, 8:30am-11:00am. Although their stand is being moved, they are still going full steam in the fields. Gleaners will be meeting off of Resurrection Rd. (once on Resurrection, we will be off to the right behind where the stand was). We respectfully request that all volunteers bring gloves, snips/scissors/knives, water, hat, sunscreen and bugspray. 

If possible, please stop at your local grocery store and ask for vegetable boxes. 

Please email Nikki at: info@fieldstofamilies, if you can attend or your agency is interested in picking up produce. 

p.s. If you cannot come out for the gleaning, we will be helping out at the Bogarden on Bogard and Rutledge this Saturday March 5th from 10-2. Volunteers will be cleaning up the lot, weeding, building beds, and painting signs. There will also be another workday on Saturday March 19th to continue the clean-up, plant seedlings, and potential spread mulch. Please join us!

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After a long hot summer, we are excited to announce our first fall gleanings!! Al and Martha Robertson are ready for us to visit their Wadmalaw property to harvest their Turnips, Kale, Bok Choy and Chinese Cabbage. Since these the days are still pretty warm and these are heat sensitive crops, we will be breaking up the gleaning into two mornings.

These first gleaning will be this Saturday 23rd from 8:30am to 11:00am and the second will be next Tuesday 26th from 8:30am to 11:00am.

If you are interested in coming, please register by emailing info@fieldstofamilies.org and I will give you all directions.  If you are not already in our volunteer database, please complete our online form.

We respectively request that volunteers bring their own gloves, snips/scissors, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

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Photo by Wade Spees of Post and Courier

The Bogarden:
Community Garden at the Corner of Bogard and Rutledge

Bogarden Updates!

After a long, hot, dry summer we are so relieved that Fall is finally here!! Over the last few months we have tried to keep the garden watered while battling the weeds. We had a work group from the College of Charleston come out and help us in partnership with Keep Charleston Beautiful as well as a number of awesome individuals throughout the hot months!

We were able to harvest lots of peppers, basil, okra, beans, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, and tomatoes from the garden.

To get the garden ready for our fall veggies, we have partnered with Charleston Stump Stompers to have some ground stumps and trees placed on the site to help reduce weeds and act as a ground cover.

We also received an awesome donation of worm compost and castings from Organic Gardening Supply INC! and we will have new equipment thanks to the Coastal Community Foundation’s New Fund.

Bogarden Work-Day!

This Saturday October 16, 2010 Fritz will be out at the garden from 11-3.
Tasks: Spreading Mulch, Weeding, Sign Painting, and veggie planting.

We will break for lunch around 1pm… please bring a potluck dish to share!

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?

Any gardening tools, gloves, sun screen, hats, water, potluck dish or drink (with serving utensils), a bowl/fork/spoon, a friend, random fun objects to beautify the garden, and a donation if possible (tomato cages, bamboo sections, scrap wood, outdoor paint, flowers, paint brushes, brick, and mulch are all on the want list.

If you cannot stay long, please just stop by and check out how AWESOME the garden is looking 🙂 If you cannot make it, please reply to thebogarden@gmail.com with any questions or days that you are interested in volunteering.

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photo by Helen Hammond

I must thank Helen Hammond for her serendipitous timing. She called on such a perfect day that I had Jim Richmond on his way to drop off 6,500 lbs of watermelon. In case you didn’t see the article in the Moultrie News, it can be found here.

The Richmond family has been so gracious to make these Charleston Greys available to us and our agencies. This week they have even more, except we need your help to pick them and deliver them! The Richmond’s farm is located at 2620 Harris Town Rd, St. Stephen 29479. We would be welcome to glean Thursday, July 22. Gleaning to commence around 9:00 am.

I would suggest bringing a wagon (from field to vehicle), if you’re able to deliver to some agencies. On your way into town. If you would like to just glean, then I can see if any of our agencies are able to pick-up on-site. The melons are between 8-12 lbs, so they’ll wear on you as time passes. Don’t feel pressured to stay long, just harvest what you are able to. We could use the help to deliver these afterwards. Email christina [at] fieldstofamilies [dot] org, if you can help. Keep in mind that watermelons grow on the vine so you may want to pack a box cutter, long sleeves, a hat, and maybe some gloves. Stay hydrated, pack ice water!

We are so grateful for the support and commitment to service each and every one of you give. It’s truly a blessing to see how much of an impact we render in our community.

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Sidi Limehouse is inviting us to glean this weekend. We need your help to pick some produce. The more hands on the deck, the quicker we can glean the fields before the peak sun. I’m not sure what he has in store for us. Be sure to pack a hat, and lots of ice water. If anyone is interested in making a delivery I can coordinate some drop-offs for agencies that are unable to pick up.

Here are directions to Rosebank Farms.

At the major interesection, on Maybank Hwy and Main St, take a left. Main St will soon turn into Bohicket. Bohicket runs into Betsy Kerrison Parkway. It’s past the hardward stores and some of the shops, on the left. If you pass it you can turn at the next median.

Please email christina [at] fieldstofamilies [dot] org, if you’re able to attend. Thanks for your commitment to service.

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Friday, June 17 at 9:00 am

Flickr User: Erik K Veland

David Howe says this may be the last time to glean this field for donation. We are going to pick the last bit of squash of the summer and we need your help! There are some tips and better directions below. I know some people had some difficulty getting there before, but I’ll include landmarks. You can call (843) 606-0265 if you get lost, I’ll talk you through it 🙂

Here are the best directions to Owl’s Nest. It takes about an hour from Mount Pleasant and 35-40 minutes from North Charleston and about a 20 minute drive off the interstate.

  • I-26 West to exit 187
  • Off the ramp at exit 187, take a right on Old Gillard Rd.
  • Drive past the MacDougal Correctional Facility for about 1 mi.
  • Turn right at first paved road after MacDougal: Hwy 27 – Mudville Rd.
  • At the end of Mudville Rd, turn left at Hwy 176 – State Rd.
  • Take your first right on Poplar Hill Rd.
  • At the 4-way intersection, Hwy 311 runs left to right, go STRAIGHT at the stop sign, across Hwy 311
  • Drive for 2 miles, and look for a black mailbox that is labeled Owl’s Nest Farms

Email christina [at] fieldstofamilies [dot] org, if you would like to join us.

Here is what I learned from my first experience of harvesting squash:

-Wear long sleeved, loose-fitting shirts: Many of the vines and squash have some pricklies (not thorn-like), but they do itch when you wash off and can irritate your skin. I wore my brother’s Columbia/PFG fishing shirt since it was light and blocked the sun, but also protected me while picking the vegetables.

-Wear long, loose-fitting pants: Same reasons as above, esp since you’ll be carrying milk crates full of squash to the end of the bins at the end.

-Closed-toed shoes and a hat

-ICE WATER

-Always wear sunscreen + maybe step it up with some bug spray. This is an organic property, but you’ll get used to it :)

-If you have a box cutter that’s how we harvest off the plant, some stems are thicker than others, but TJ will have some on-site.

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