UShare

Mission: U Share involves UU members in multiple activities in partnership with GardenShare to alleviate hunger by promoting the growth, distribution and consumption of wholesome, locally grown food in our area.

UShare Journal 

UShare Update  

   Healthy Food – Healthy Community      

When asked for updates and information about UShare to include in this newsletter, David Bradford offered the following “additional highlights” of the program

·      Delivering produce to Potsdam for two special distributions for families with school kids not receiving subsidized breakfasts and lunches during the summer.

·      Providing fresh produce for a nutrition/ cooking class put on by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Massena.

·      Hosting migrant tutoring teen clients for a work party at the Cecilie Garden.

  And those are additional highlights!!

  It has been an amazing summer for our first-year UShare program. Many many church members and friends have joined the effort to grow and harvest fresh, organic produce for distribution to food pantries and neighborhood centers in our region.

From the Priest Field Garden in Canton and the Cecilie Garden in Potsdam (now in it’s third year) we have harvested more than 50 pounds of produce a week: bush beans, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, beets, carrots, onions, eggplant, crooked neck

squash, summer squash, zucchini, green peppers, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and cucumbers. The beans are still coming (pole beans yet to come), a second planting of broccoli is producing beautiful heads (with a third yet to come), a lot of little eggplants are growing, the peppers continue to produce, and tomatoes at Priest field have just started (Cecilie is ahead). Down the road we’re looking at potatoes, Hubbard squash, pumpkins, and watermelons. The Cecilie Garden in Potsdam is well on its way to meeting the 1000-pound goal Jess Pletcher set for this summer.

Thanks to terrific coordination by David Bradford, produce has been distributed to 17 locations (food pantries and neighborhood centers) in 14 different townships from Hammond and Dickinson Center, and Massena down to Russell. 

We’ve had good outreach about the program, with feature articles in the Plaindealer, the Watertown Daily Times, the Courier Observer, and the Advance News. We’ve also had pictures in many local papers and we were even the “Photo of the Day” on the NCPR website twice!

UShare Volunteers

It takes a lot of gardeners and other helpers to get the results we’ve had in our two UShare gardens this summer. Thanks to everyone who has helped (and please let us know if we’ve forgotten to include your name…we want to be sure to have a complete list!).

Committee

Sue Powers

Natalie Panshin

Marilyn Mayer

Rebecca Rivers

Miles Manchester,

Jan DeWaters

Carol Pynchon

Esther Katz

David Bradford

Leo Burger

Kathy Wyckoff

Donations:
Berk-Thompsons-mulch
Max Coots-fencing
Kathy Montan-compost
Kira Royce-truck
Matt Bullwinkle-truck
Joan Kepes-seeds
Rebecca Rivers-seeds, seedlings, & seed potatoes

Pete Wyckoff-tomato trellises
Janet Learned, funds for education

Work days:

Miles Manchester
Sue Powers
Natalie Panshin

David Bradford

Nora Bradford

Maggie Madden

Max Coots

David Crowell

John Green

Kathleen Horton

Pat Glover

Sarah Bentley-Garfinkel
Judy DeGraaff
Rebecca Rivers
Wil Rivers
Erika Barthelmess campaign

Work days:
Kristen Cessana
Jean Thompson
Jan Hutslar
Jamil Akkari
Carol Gable
Zachary Barnes
Matthew Barnes

Margaret Harloe

Judy Gibson
Donna Dilworth
Ji
m Williamson
Tom Cutter
Val Ingram
Marilyn Mayer
Jane Lavigne
Cecily Westall
Esther Katz
Scott Shipley

Ada Shiplley

Ansel Shipley

David Huebner Lane
Molly Burger
Robin Duncan
Shaili Singh
Steph Moczydlowski
Ed Moczydlowski
Gretchen Koehler

Gaetan Foisy

Syl Foisy
R
uth Baltus
Peggy Mooers
Jane Lavigne

Cecily Westall
Jan DeWaters

Sebastian Grimberg

Felix Grimberg
Matt Bullwinkle

Kathy Curro
Lunch providers:
Betsy Northrop
Nellie Case

 
 

Delivery to pantries:

David Bradford

Max Coots

Charlotte Ramsay

Margaret Harloe

Kathy Wyckoff

Liz Wyckoff

Duncan and Lois Cutter

Pat Glover

Valerie Ingram

Jill Rubio

Children's Chapels:

David Bradford

Esther Katz

Carol Pynchon

Denice Szafran

Alex Hostetter

Mary Rubio

Drew Pynchon

Garden adopters:
Ruth Baltus
Jenna Brown
Kristen Cessana
Max Coots
Kathy Curro
Judy DeGraaff
Jan DeWaters
Carol Gable
Judy Gibson
Pat Glover
Valerie Ingram
Miles Manchester
Todd Moe
Peggy Mooers
Susan Powers
Carol Pynchon
Charlotte Ramsey
Beth Robinson
Kathy Wyckoff

Childcare coordinator:
Robin Rhodes Crowell

 

Need:     Hunger is a significant issue for many.  In St. Lawrence County -

o       17.5% of the people live in poverty, including 23.1% of the children

o       1,800 children are hungry with 6,800 more at risk

Two dozen food pantries distribute over 800,000 meals annually.
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Marilyn helps

Ada and Molly transplant broccoli

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Ada – enthusiastic Ushare gardener

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Donna “eyes” potatoes for Ushare

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Kristen plants carrot seeds

at Canton's  Priest Field!

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Zachary carefully plants onions

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Carol and son Zachary plants while David Bradford plants lettuce

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Church members of all ages pitch in to help with the Canton UShare garden

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Scott and Ada water tomatoes!

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Sharing begins with harvest of greens!

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Isn't it fun to play in the water?

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The seeds are so tiny. 

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Watching our plants grow.

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Youth harvesters with produce.

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Youth picking produce!