OK……so I owe everyone who follows The Soul Patch a GINORMOUS apology. I have neglected to post any new information to this site in quite some time. With finishing an education, searching for, finding, and starting a job, I let some things slide that I ought not have. So without further delay here is an update on The Soul Patch.
The 2009 season was, by all estimates, a very successful one. Our little 2,700 square foot garden produced a ton of food….literally. 2,009 pounds of garden fresh produce from The Soul Patch was donated to the Morrison County Food Shelf. This included 314.8# of tomatoes, 147# green beans, 30.7# peas, 176# red potatoes, 129.6# zucchini, 34# eggplant, 25.2# red cabbage, 21.9# red onions, 24.1# white onions, 32.4# radishes, 1.2# spinach, 12.1# leaf lettuce, 169.7# various peppers, 584# pumpkin, 236.8# squash, and 70# cucumber. In addition, volunteers at The Soul Patch made a journey to a local potato farm after the harvest was complete and gleaned about 700# of spuds which were also given to the food shelf.
The final harvest and commensurate “puttin’ o’ the garden to bed”, which happened on October 8, 2009, was done with the help of several youth from the community. They picked what was still worth picking, tore up what wasn’t, and got the compost pile started. That final harvest brought in around 262 pounds of food.
Community youth putting The Soul Patch to rest for the season.
As garden founder and project coordinator I would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the success of The Soul Patch. From those who donated plants and seeds, to those who volunteered time and labor, to those who donated cash so we could pay the water bill……Thank You!
Thanks, also, to the congregation at Bethel Lutheran Church for donating the land for The Soul Patch. Without that this garden would not have been.