When the Golden Harvest Master’s Table vegetable garden was being planned, organizers knew it would require the effort of many to succeed.
Today, nearly two years after it began, the Master’s Table garden continues to rely on volunteers. There have been hurdles getting the community involved, but organizers are not backing down from the original purpose of the project: to provide fresh vegetables for meals prepared at Master’s Table.
Local garden clubs, master gardeners and community members have helped a maintain the 40 raised beds at the soup kitchen behind the James Brown Arena. As the summer growing season winds down, organizers are planting fall and winter vegetables and looking for more volunteers.
“Gerald Stevens has graciously donated 145 packets of seeds, including 45 packets that can be used for fall planting,” said Ginny Allen, who,with Mary Louise Hagler, is serving as interim garden coordinator.
Allen and Hagler represent the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs on the Golden Harvest project. They took on the task of recruiting volunteers to help with planting, weeding and harvesting the gardens.
While Golden Harvest continues to search for a garden coordinator, Allen and Hagler spearhead on-site gardening efforts. There are a number of volunteer opportunities related to the project.
Volunteers are needed to plant broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale, mustard, onions, radishes and other crops from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday and Sept. 26.
People can also help by providing newspapers and pine straw to be used as mulch. Topsoil, compost, large buckets and empty pots are also needed.
In addition to the plantings at the soup kitchen, Allen hopes area gardeners will plant one or more packets of seeds provided and bring the harvest to the soup kitchen.
“It is similar to the Grow a Row for the Hungry program, but is specific for the Golden Harvest Masters Table,” she said.
According to Allen, the Master’s Table feeds 400 to 600 peoles each day.
For more information on the gardening projects or volunteer opportunities, contact Ginny Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.