Harvest for Humanity - UPDATE 12/26

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  1. crazy hen quartet

    crazy hen quartet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a double post, sorry... just wasn't sure of the best/most appropriate place to put it.

    I am posting this for AZ members OR for those of you who have friends/family in the area who might be interested in joining in the fun.

    Last weekend (12/20) a friend of mine (who inspired me to start my gardens and get some laying hens) invited a number of people to help a kind old fella named Homer harvest two acres of turnips for delivery to local food banks. It went very well!

    All in all, we helped support Homer and Harvest For Humanity deliver over 3000 lbs. of turnips to Saint Mary's Food Bank. The were very grateful and the shine in Homer's eyes was priceless. You see, Homer had made the decision that this would be his last crop he could grow for the food banks. He has been doing this a long time and he is just not getting the help and support that he once had and he is also not getting any younger which makes it a little hard to do it all by himself. As it is he spends 6 to 8 hours almost everyday working these fields by himself and at 75 years, that is a lot of work for someone that age....heck, that's a lot of work at any age. But, he is so full of life and when he saw the support and the love that everybody brought, he was elated. The spark in his eyes has definitely turned into a flame again with the vision of the possibilities that I think support from others can bring to this foundation.

    So, here is the great news, there is still a BUNCH or turnips left to be picked and we will be meeting again this Sat, 12/27 any time after 8:eek:o a.m. at his property in Chandler. We will work through the rest of the field and if we have enough people, we will get a second trailer and try to finish off the field. So for any of you that will be in town and can spare some time for a great cause, please show up anytime you can. We will probably be there until about 1pm. Every little bit helps. Also, we had some folks bring out their pre teens and teenagers. It was great to see them dig right in. So please feel free to bring helpers and or forward this message to those that just feel the need to come out, have fun, get some great exercise and support our community. Oh, we will also start citrus picking in early Jan. So, if you know anyone that has citrus trees that usually go to waste, let them know we can pick them and deliver them to the food banks. And yes, we will need help for picking as well. I will keep you posted.

    Anyone interested PM or email me!

    Happy Holidays
    Lisa
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2008
  2. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

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    How wonderful! I work on Saturday from 7:30 - 2:00 but I will spread the word to my friends. What a great idea I wonder how we can keep the momentum going.....hmmm
     
  3. cozycritters

    cozycritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I wish I could go... I wonder if the MIL would take the mini-dumplings...
     
  4. crazy hen quartet

    crazy hen quartet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sure we will continue to help Homer with this in the future. He has acres and he plants crops year round to harvest and donate.

    A friend of mine (she spearheaded the plan to help Harvest For Humanity) recently was "loaned" something like 5 acres of land next to a church that she is planning to start a community-supported park/farm where anyone who wants can participate and help develop an urban area of refuge that actually nutritionally supports the community and helps teach valuable homesteading type skills to it's participants. I'll keep you all posted as we are still working out the details for this. It won't just be crops, it will be sustainable living oriented with workshops on solar cooking, water harvesting, composting etc.
     
  5. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

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    Ugh!!! can't you all just come up to Prescott? I don't think my scooter or motorcycle would make it to Chandler without me freezing my hands off. I would love to help you all! I am doing that on a mini scale this coming year. My neighbors lent me parts of their property to have gardens and meat birds to supply food for all of us. It's a start hopefully once I get a handle on the whole thing I can do something on a larger scale in the future. We are looking into buying 1 acre of land that is for sale a stones throw from our house.

    I wish you luck and please keep us updated!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. crazy hen quartet

    crazy hen quartet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATE:
    Harvest postponed due to the rains.. the field is WAAAY to wet for us to be walking around in it. Tentative reschedule for next Saturday, I'll let you know!

    Lisa
     

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