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What a productive first few weeks we have had at the garden! We have successfully planted all the potatoes (5 varieties), all the onion starts (5+ varieties) and planted all the raised beds to greens, including salad greens, kale and a bit of spicy mustard for the adventurous. We are working hard on digging up the rest of the weeds, fixing up the raspberry patch and looking for fencing to improve our deer proof fence! We have plenty of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash and other lovely veggies starts that will be going out soon!

We really hope that you might join us this summer for some garden workdays. Currently the workdays are scheduled Tues 5:30-7:30, Thurs 5:30-7:30, and Sat 9-11. Please email foodatfirstgarden if you want to join us this summer!

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We’re Moving March 29, 2015!

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Hi Everyone! You haven’t heard from us much lately because we’ve been pretty busy with a big big big project. After about a year and a half of conversations, negotiations and meetings, we’ve finalized an agreement with First Christian Church to host not only our daily meals but also our Free Market! That’s right, both parts of our program under one roof. This is a real game changer for our program! Over the next several weeks we’ll post details and pictures of the construction and all the people doing the work so please stay tuned. The first regular daily meal will be at FCC this Sunday at 5:45 March 29, 2015 so come on down and let us show you around and eat with us while your at it. We’d love to see you!!

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Christmas Meal!

Head over to the Christmas Meal page to volunteer or donate!

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Thanksgiving Meal Signup!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching!  Head over to the Thanksgiving Meal page to signup!

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Growing the community growing fresh healthy food for FAF

Helen Gunderson, friend of the FAF garden and passionate local food supporter, organized a harvest of greens this morning from her backyard garden. Pictured are Helen, Sally, Peggy and Jan before heading to the FAF market distribution. We are grateful for their work and for the great infrastructure/volunteers with Food at First who are always willing to accept food donations. We want to keep supporting FAF and supplying healthy food for our community! If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about our garden efforts, email foodatfirstgarden.

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Great Fall Workday in the Food at First Garden

"Find the shortest, simplest way between the earth, the hands and the mouth." -Lanza Del Vasto

What a lovely and unseasonably warm day we had out at the FAF Garden. Thanks to Trinity Church for the beautiful new sign (see the picture below). We had a smallish but committed group and we spread straw (to keep some of our plants warmer as the season gets colder), cut back berries, took out tomato plants, harvested plenty of yummy food for distribution and cleaned up the garlic (look at the gorgeous picture of our garlic bulbs below) and enjoyed a tasty picnic on the grass. What a day. We will still have another day to plant garlic and there are still some things to harvest so stay on the lookout for future workdays or email foodatfirstgarden if you want more info.

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A great week for the garden!

Its been a busy week for showing off the garden and processing veggies! We had a great turnout for the garden tour on September 14 and are so grateful for the organizers and press we received around it. As a result we’ve already seen more community volunteers visiting and working with us as we wrap up the 2014 gardening season.

http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_f1c071d0-3c48-11e4-9910-cbb47cb48887.html

http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/09/10/garden-tour

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Thanks too to Mel in the Morning (and Cy) pictured here for letting us talk for a little while about the garden and the Sustainable Agriculture Student Association’s work with FAF.

AND kudos to our team on September 20th who helped us pick and process another 20 bags of veggies- we are super appreciative of Mustard Seed for the extra donations and we will be sure to put the produce to great use in future meals. To date SASA has processed more than 70 bags of frozen produce with vegetables from our garden, Mustard Seed Community Farm, Table Top Farm and the Student Organic Farm.

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