Monday, September 10, 2012

Keep the SoPo Food Cupboard Full With Your Donations on 9/11

Hello Gardeners,
Does anybody have Community Garden surplus they'd like to donate in person or have us pick for them tomorrow evening between 4:30 and 6? We¹ve hit a lull in the harvest until reseeded crops kick in.
Just email Linda at with your bed number and what you would like to donate and we will harvest it for you!
We always can use more volunteers for Tuesday nights. Meet up with us tomorrow, 9/11 between 4:30 and 6 at the garden to help!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Updates and Harvest for Hunger Event Tonight! 8/14 from 4:30-6ish

Harvest for Hunger Tonight 8/14: Volunteers needed: 
The ongoing Harvest for Hunger will take place tonight: Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 4:30 till 6 or so. We’d love to see you there. We’d also be happy to harvest surplus veggies from your gardens — just say the word!

Thanks — and have a great week!

Linda (
Rachel (

An article in The Sentry about the CGC Harvest for Hunger, click below to read:

More information about the University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Maine Harvest for Hunger program:

UM Cooperative Extension on Facebook:

For 2012 the Extension's goal is for 300,000 pounds of produce to be grown and donated to the Harvest for Hunger Program across the state!

Add to your calendar: Next week another Harvest for Hunger event: 8/21 from 4:30-6 ish

Friday, August 10, 2012

Update from Harvest for Hunger Collection on 8/7

Greetings Gardeners:

Well, those of us who were hoping for some rain got our wish! Wonder if the mushrooms in my garden are the edible kind?
Peas, spinach and lettuce look to be pretty well spent (good time to reseed for a second crop), but the kale and chard just keep producing — and the squashes have taken off (if only the squash beetles would!). Have you noticed the beautiful pumpkins? There’s a huge specimen in Ben’s garden (#33) and several in Jed’s (23). Do yourself a favor next time you’re in the garden and take a tour to see what’s happening in your neighbors’ plots. Flowers are blooming in several beds — everything from giant sunflowers to zinnias and glads.

This past Tuesday (8/7) we had a nice turnout for the Hunger Harvest — Thanks to Steve, Shay, Tammy, Paula and Luke! The Hunger beds are ready for some resowing, which accounts for a lower haul for the Food Cupboard last week. We delivered just 44.5 pounds. Still, that puts our 4-week total at 209 pounds! And the CGC got some media attention in the latest edition of the Sentry. There was a nice article on page 16 by Jack Flagler, who took a great shot of Tammy in her garden while he was onsite Tuesday evening, and a letter of thanks from Sybil, who heads the Cupboard. Our garden will also be mentioned in a feature on community gardens slated for an upcoming issue of the Current.

The ongoing Harvest for Hunger will take place this Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 4:30 till 6 or so. We’d love to see you there. We’d also be happy to harvest surplus veggies from your gardens — just say the word!

Thanks — and have a great week!

Linda (
Rachel (

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Help Harvest for Hunger Program On Tuesday Evenings (We Do It Every Week)!

What's going on - A SUMMARY...
Harvest for Hunger - harvest and donation of veggies weekly - every Tuesday

The next date for this volunteer time is: Tuesday, July 31 from 4:30-6:30. Show up for any time you have available.
The time you donate for the Harvest for Hunger program counts toward your 6 hours of volunteer time you are required to give to the garden as part of your contract.

Volunteer Opportunity: Every Tuesday Night - Harvest for Hunger - for updates check here on Blogger, on our Facebook Group, with Linda Skinner at: or Rachel:

What you do: Come to the CGC garden on Tuesdays between 4:30 to 6:30 to help harvest, clean and sort veggies from the garden beds for the Harvest for Hunger program. Get the food ready to be donated to the South Portland Food Cupboard. Maintenance of the three Harvest beds can also be part of your volunteer time.

For more information contact:
Linda ( or Rachel (!

More information:
Post from Linda Skinner, CGC Board Member and Harvest for Hunger Coordinator
Hi CGC Gardeners:
Thanks so much to those who donated their much-appreciated labor, produce and coolers toward our second Harvest for Hunger. The bounty on Tuesday 7/24 was a nice mix of squash, cabbages, chard, kale, lettuce, beans, broccoli and herbs totaling 52 pounds. Rachel and I delivered the produce to the South Portland Food Cupboard the next morning — bringing CGC’s 2-week total donations to just shy of 100 pounds!
While we were there, Sybil, the head of the operation, gave us a quick introduction to the facility and procedures. It’s an impressive place, and run solely by energetic and dedicated volunteers. The cupboard currently provides food weekly to 80 families, whose eligibility is income-based. Most of the food they distribute is shelf-stable (nonperishable), along with donated perishables like bakery goods from Hannaford. Fresh vegetables are in very limited supply, since collecting discards from local stores is too difficult and labor-intensive. That’s where we come in.

Our washed, sorted and weighed produce is a most welcome addition to the pantry. Sybil and her crew divide the food into bins and refrigerate it until Thursday morning, when the pantry doors open for business.

After collecting their allotment of staples, clients are allowed to take what they want from the produce section — and the produce is consistently in demand. It’s very clear that the small part we play in supplying the cupboard does make a difference. And we’ll be doing it again next Tuesday evening 7/31 from  4:30 to 6:30 pm. Please show up for as much time as you can! 

Extra hands and surplus vegetables from your gardens are always welcome during our Tuesday sessions! Also, please remember that your Hunger Harvest efforts count toward your 6-hour yearly commitment to the Community Garden, so please shoot us off an e-mail whenever you attend so we can add that to your time; no matter how small the increments — it all adds up. 

Thanks again!
Linda (
Rachel (

Thursday, May 17, 2012

SPLT Plant Sale / Bake Sale and EPIC Raffle!

When: Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Time: 8-9 open for members of SPLT, get your membership renewed or become a member at the door, open for the general public from 9-1!
Where: American Legion Hall in South Portland, 413 Broadway. 

Annuals, Veggies, Herbs, Hanging planters, Perennials, Perennials, Perennials!

Ample parking, great prices and the best volunteer staff service ever!


Come to the SPLT Plant Sale first and buy your veggies for your garden bed at the CGC garden!
We will have high quality herbs and vegetables at a reasonable price for you! Come on down and make us your first stop!

Make a new garden in your yard, add to your garden or redesign your garden, the SPLT Plant Sale makes it so affordable! Now is the time to add "CURB APPEAL".

Many perennials are low maintenance, when they are local they are hardy and provide years of enjoyment and we have a wide selection so you can choose plants for the soil conditions and amount of sunlight in your garden space!

We have very experienced gardeners on staff for the entire day, so now is the time to learn how to get plants in the ground and have success with a garden!

Please contact us with any questions - 
CGC Secretary

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Community Garden Collective Spring Fundraiser!

CGC is having a spring fundraiser!

What: Flatbread Company benefit night
Date: Tuesday, April 17
Time: After 5 p.m. until closing
Location: 72 Commercial Street
Plenty of parking is located in the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Parking Garage
Have a delicious flatbread dinner and help us raise funds to finish building the Community Garden in South Portland at Hamlin School!
The Flatbread Company in Portland supports local organizations that have an impact on our community. The primary way they accomplish this is through benefit nights that are held on Tuesdays at their restaurants. The Community Garden Collective (CGC) will be the non-profit group on April 17.
The Flatbread Company will donate $3.50 for each large flatbread and $1.75 for each small flatbread sold during the benefit. This money will be used by CGC to fund the irrigation system, tool shed and the fence as well as other garden needs.

CGC will also take donations for a raffle of a beautiful painting donated by Ellen Thayer, artist and gardener. You can either donate money or pick up a Clynk bag at the event with the promise to fill the bag with 5 cent (or 15 cent) recyclables when you go home. Once you bring the filled bag to any Hannaford the funds from your returnable cans and bottles will go into an account for CGC! It's a great way for CGC to raise money and for you to have a nice meal out with friends!
Please spread the word and let your friends know on Facebook by putting our website link on your Facebook page: We hope to raise much needed funds for the garden, and your help is essential!
CGC also has a few beds left for rental. If you would like to rent a bed for the summer of 2012 please contact Helen or Susan at or call Helen at 207-408-1039. We can always use donations of time, labor or materials. We can also use some gardening tools that are in good shape. If you would like to donate some tools please contact us. You can also drop off tools at Crystal's house at 17 Highland Ave. Just leave them in the breezeway!
Contact us if you would like to help in any way!

If you have never been to Flatbread Company take a look at their menu and learn more about how they use local and natural sources of food for their flatbread, salads and other menu items by going to:

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Confirmation E-mail Has Been Sent!

Hello CGC 2012 Gardeners,
for those of you who have e-mail you should have received a notification from CGC from our garden coordinators Helen Slocum and Susan Chase - the planting season will soon be upon us!

Check your inbox for the details of how to pay the rent for your garden bed, how to attend a mandatory orientation meeting, and how to help CGC raise funds for the completion of and the operation of the garden at Hamlin School!

Please contact CGC if you have any questions or concerns at

Thank you!
Helen and Susan