We had a flurry of activity this weekend with a group of volunteers at a graduate site on Friday, farm work day on Saturday morning and a CSA potluck Saturday afternoon!
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has a job readiness class that meets weekly to learn different aspects of working in the United States. Part of the class includes volunteering at various sites around Kansas City to gain experience doing different kinds of work. Many times, refugees will be able to gain a letter of recommendation from volunteer work they've done in the community. The class volunteered to help a New Roots graduate, Aye Aye, with her garden on Friday. They were able to install t-posts, move a tool shed and help Aye Aye with planting and weeding her vegetables. Though our graduates are able to do most on their own, they could always use a hand around the garden. If you or a group you are involved in are interested in a work day, let us know!
Volunteers visit Juniper Gardens on the first Saturday of each month to participate in a work day with our farmers. People from the community are able to help with the bigger projects around the farm and assist individuals in their plots. This weekend, cars lined the garden even though it rained most of the morning. We had over 15 people who were able to accomplish a lot in just a few hours! Join us next month on June 6th from 9:00am-12:00pm.
As market season is upon us, CSA friends came out to the farm for an opening day celebration and potluck! CSA friends are vital to us, because they partner with farmers who are new to the community and new to market. With the promise of high quality, delicious vegetables all season long, CSA friends are able to provide the start-up capital farmers need to buy seeds, compost and straw at the beginning of the season. We are teaching this important practice to our farmers, so they see they are not alone in the local food movement. CSA friends become a gateway to the larger Kansas City community for our farmers- and New Roots farmers remind us of the value of diversity in our communities through food, culture and generosity. If you are interested in this practice, check out our CSA page for more information!
Thanks to all who made this weekend such a great one! We appreciate all of you and are looking forward to seeing you all again soon.