Fridays are volunteer days! Last week four fantastic volunteers came out. We spent the morning harvesting tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, and more, and then these indefatigable workers helped take down some trellising, and chop out a row of overgrown flowers … by which I mean a jungle of massive, at least 8ft high, mexican sunflowers, as well as zinnias, cosmos, and pigweed with stalks like they were planning on being Jack’s next giant beanstalk.

Here they are: Keo, from the county’s behavioral health department is in the red shirt. To the left are Jaime and Bobby Lynn. And on the right is a friend of Keo’s who works at the Bridge with the Southeast Asian community, and also at Four Seasons Nursery. Behind them is the harvest cart, with SOME of their bountiful harvest.

Eggplant: Rosa Bianca, Listada de Gandia, Rosita, Gretel and Black Beauty. (And two melons in the back, sorry those aren’t really weird looking eggplant)

And the peppers! Their glorious coloring is on full display by late August.

These vegetables have gone to people who need and appreciate them. I couldn’t have done it without the help of volunteers. Keo in particular has played a vital role in bringing community members to the farm, whether its clients of her’s who have trouble finding work but need something productive and fulfilling to do for a morning, or friends with children who love goats, who love to cook, or who just love to garden.

Volunteer days are generally Friday mornings, but visitors and volunteers are welcome other times as well. Just be sure to contact me before hand so I know to expect you!

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5 Responses to Volunteers

  1. Beautiful produce! You have a great vocab too Anna. 😉

  2. Tere Aguirre says:

    Yo quiero mas eggplant!!! It was SO delicious. I think i’m in love! hee, hee…

    • upliftfarm says:

      Haha, you are in luck! There are more out there! We need to have an eggplant tasting… so far the little white one, Gretel is my favorite.

      • An eggplant TASTING??? OMG, that is the best idea EVERRRR! Tell me when and where and I will be there to help! My boyfriend makes Mead (honey wine) and if the group isn’t too big, maybe we can bring some for all.

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