Here is a message from them: Hi Lil' Veggie Givers,
I have to say when we put down on paper an estimate of 15,000 pounds this April it seemed like a real far off target, considering last year we shared 7,500 and that seemed huge.
However, Lil' by Lil', day by day, you shared, we drove around and collected, and we surpassed our goal and shared 15,640 pounds of veggies with families in need! A big thanks to Tonia and for leading this project along with the Lil' Farmstand Greeters for loving the families we served!
Every person that gave was important here.. so thank YOU. Even if you just gave a carrot one day, so did hundreds of other people and that is why this crazy idea blew up this year!
What families are saying this season:
"The farm stand is important because having my kid pick a veggie, means she will eat it without a fight."
"This kindness from those that comes with the veggies."
"The farmstand offers a sense of community and allows participants to enjoy something fun while getting something healthy to eat."
"Sus productos son fresco y con estos preparamos alimentos sanos para nuestra familia y para nuestra salud."
"I love fresh vegetables & fruit😊 I can not afford much food on my social Security Retirement check. I'm not sure why SS cost of living does not include food? Yet I have been so Blessed with your stand."
"Es importante porque todo está muy caro y el presupuesto no al canza."
"It is important because everything is very expensive and the budget is not enough"
A few big shout outs to our teams of growers who weathered the drought donating from their own group garden (please pass this message along to those in your group):
Crossway Christian Church
Crane Currency (yes an office space grew several hundred pounds of food this year)!
I feel like I am forgetting someone here (George you are like a one man farming machine that should get your own shout out)
To our volunteer veggie couriers:
The Nashua Center team Sandy, Elizabeth, Devon, Alyssa, and Colin
To our farmers that participated:
The NH Gleaners
Lavoie's Farm blew the roof off... donating over 6,000 pounds of veggie "seconds" (which we think are beautiful) this year!!
Kimballs Fruit Farm
To the churches that hosted their own donation stations:
Unitarian Universalist (3rd year having their own farmstand and team that serves veggies to neighbors)
Immaculate Conception (2nd year in a row with a donation station)
Crossway Christian (2nd year in a row with a donation station)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (first year with a donation station)
A big thanks to Service Credit Union who made it possible for us to secure a truck, pay our team to run the program, and manage a pickup route 7 days a week! And to the Arlington St. Community Center for allowing us to store our coolers there to keep our veggies on ice!
We have started something big and even as we closed up the stands this week we were already excited to go again next year!
Much gratitude and love for your generosity! - Justin & the Grow Nashua Team
PICTURES OF SOME OF OUR MANY GARDENS!!
Dedicating the Carol Dube Memorial Blueberry Garden in the spring of 2017. 12 young plants already bearing fruit this year!
Our Deacon's Garden - getting bigger every year! In 2017 over 400 pounds of produce was taken to the Nashua Soup Kitchen!!
One of our many flower gardens. Each flower garden is cared for by a different member of the congregation.