Excess fruit and vegetable exchange- in Escalon!

Now that you’ve grown 80 zucchini- what do you do with them?  CARE connects Escalon and Farmington neighbors with volunteers so that fresh home-grown fruit and vegetables can be shared, not thrown away.  


EFCGC Co-president Olga Posomostithis stopped by the C.A.R.E. Food Bank office in downtown Escalon to drop off gorgeous fruit and vegetables that were ready for harvest at the Van Allen Elementary School garden.  Community Action Resources of Escalon (CARE) accepts fresh home-grown produce in season- throughout the year. CARE personnel ask that you do not leave your donations outside their building, but instead, phone ahead to 209-417-2048, and arrange for a staff member to meet you at their office, located at 1531 2nd Street, across from the Escalon library.


Each week, about 15-20 volunteers work in various food distribution programs to help Escalon and Farmington individuals/families who need food (self-reporting of income is required).  One bag of food is provided free to each qualifying household. Currently, CARE is providing for over 100 local households. 


There is also a Senior Brown Bag program for people over 60 years of age on fixed incomes.  They can receive a bag of food at CARE, on the second and fourth Tuesdays, from 8-11am. The cost is $12 yearly, paid by recipients in November.   


Your abundance, and skill as a gardener, can help local families and seniors from all walks of life.  If you believe food is meant to be eaten, and not thrown away… CARE is perfect for you! If you’re one of the 1 in 3 people who are physically pained throwing away good food- take your overabundance to CARE.


Thank you!

Adeline/Olga – EFCGC co-presidents


Location:  

1531 2nd Street, Escalon, CA  95320- diagonal from the Escalon library.

The Escalon Ministerial Association (EMA) serves as the administrative board responsible for the CARE program.


Phone:  (209) 417-2048 – to arrange for staff to accept your fruit/vegetable donation


Schedule of OPEN dates/hours for August 2019:

Thursday – 8-15-19 – 8am-11am

Wednesday – 8-21-19 – 8am-11am

Tuesday – 8-27-19 – 8am-11am

Wednesday – 8-28-19 – 9:30am-10:30am



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February was a successful meeting with 35 attendees who came to learn about herbs and their many uses presented by the clubs newest member Marina Knudsen of Oakdale.

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Left to right: Christine Viglienzone, Treasurer. Linda Segal, Newsletter Editor. Marina Knudsen, February Herb Presenter  (photo courtesy of Judy Scheppman, Director)

 

No better time to garden, now!

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture “California is one of only five agricultural regions in the world that has a Mediterranean growing climate, producing over 400 commodities, more than any other state in the nation”.  I don’t know about you, but I find that to be impressive!  It is because of this unique climate and our soil structure that we are able to produce not only such a diverse variety but also quantity and quality.  “In 2012, the total U.S. export value of vegetables totaled $1.6 billion, with California accounting for 63.3% of exports” according to UC Davis.

Okay, Okay no more boring statistics I promise!  The whole point of those was to bring to life just how lucky we are to be located here in the Central Valley.  It’s a combination of things like our soil quality, climate, and extended growing season (303 days!!!) that allow us to get outside and do what we love most, gardening!  Whether that be for aesthetics, floriculture for flower shows, vegetables for consumption, or just something as simple as a way to unwind and get back to and connect with nature.

Our Garden Club is located on the USDA hardiness map in zone 9b.  This map that the USDA has produced can be used to figure our what would be an optimal choice for planting based on your location, in our case zone 9b.  Most of us do our traditional summer gardens of strawberries and squashes.  But remember those boring statistics above?  We have 303 days out of the year for our growing season!  Personally, I have found much more success in my fall gardens than I have with my summer ones.  Most likely because I don’t thrive in heat like squash plants do, so my summer gardens tend to be neglected more than I would like to admit.  But when it comes to fall gardens, the weather is perfect to be out there seeding, transplanting, pruning and harvesting.  This is why I want to share with all you members about how easy it is do create your own fall garden this year.  Check out the planting calendar here for when to plant.  

I challenge you to take up a fall garden this year.  Now is the perfect time to plant beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce, radishes and spinach.

Happy Gardening!

~*Christine*~