Manna Meal

Charleston, WV

Flower

Saturday May 2, 2015

Liz & Martha had to run both missing from photo but not our hearts.... Front row from left: Matthew, Kelli, Ann, & Carol Back row from the left: Jim, Bob, Gary, Jim, & Bob

Liz & Martha had to run both missing from photo but not our hearts….
Front row from left: Matthew, Kelli, Ann, & Carol
Back row from the left: Jim, Bob, Gary, Jim, & Bob

April showers bring May flowers & great volunteers

To the gratitude of 17 volunteer gardeners gathered Saturday, spring 2015 finally has sprung. They gathered enthusiastically to apply their collective energy to getting the garden started – this one on Rutledge Road for its last season.

Come summer, we will move our efforts to another site, whose location we will announce soon.

Meanwhile, we’ve planted spring crops on Rutledge – spinach, kale, onions – to be harvested during the summer. We hope to plant summer and fall vegetables in our new location.

Volunteers also are removing fences from most of the garden areas, except where we’ve planted the spring crops. Irrigation lines are being pulled up and lashed together for later use.

On Saturday, volunteers re-seeded peas, tilled and planted 1,000 kale seeds and placed onion sets on the perimeters of the perennial flower beds. Lots of weed pulling and straw distribution also took place between rows.

A big thanks to the following for coming on a chilly morning (which warmed nicely): Tom Larkin, Martha Ballman, Tammy Walker, Cathy Sutherland, Patricia Paul, Bob Lockhart, Judy Nottingham, Ann Garcelon, Mike Burgess, Liz Hereford, Jim Kinneson, Paul Schrecongost, Matthew Crabtree, Meghann Caldwell, Gary Brown, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox. Thanks also to Myra Dolan, who posts this blog every week during gardening season.

Ann, Matthew, Pat & Liz in the background

Ann, Matthew, Pat & Liz in the background

Jean assigns tasks to Liz and Therese

Jean assigns tasks to Liz and Therese

Tom is glad Jean is in charge of the volunteer crew

Tom is glad Jean is in charge of the volunteer crew

Gary & Liz catch up

Gary & Liz catch up

Judy & Martha overseed the peas around the trellis

Judy & Martha overseed the peas around the trellis

Paul & Judy

Paul & Judy

Liz & Megan

Liz & Meghann

Matthew & Ann plant onions & lettuce

Matthew & Ann plant onions & lettuce

More directions

More directions

Working around the raised beds

Working around the raised beds

The crew hard at work

The crew hard at work

Sun streamed its approval during the work session

Sun streamed its approval during the work session

Tammy, Therese, Cathy & Judy

Tammy, Therese, Cathy & Judy

Welcome back Tom! Tom, Mike, Jim and Bob.

Welcome back Tom! Tom, Mike, Jim and Bob.

2015 Bollywood Event

 

 

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     Friday May 1, 2015  @ 6pm Charleston Civic Center

Tickets are on sale call Manna Meal 304-345-7121

This year, the Indian community has named Manna Meal Inc., along with West Virginia Health Right, Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center and the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, as beneficiaries of the India Center’s production of “Bollywood WV 2015.”

This year’s event will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on Friday, May 1, 2015. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction. Auction items include exciting weekend trips, many restaurant gift certificates, gift certificates for local services, art work by local artisans, jewelry valued into the thousands of dollars, a South Indian Gourmet catered dinner, certificates for South Hills shops, Capitol Market shops and much more.

 At 7 p.m. a buffet dinner will served by Saffron Patch from Shaker Heights, Ohio. The menu for the evening is a delicious combination of Indian, Mediterranean-style and American Grill cuisine.

  8 p.m. the entertainment will feature Bollywood-themed dances, ballet from the Charleston Ballet, Lacy Hughes and students from January’s School of Dance, Anissa Berger, Moumita Banerjee and Sneha Patnaik. Varsha and Josie Moore will present a fashion show and the Appalachian Children’s Chorus will perform. All are participating as volunteers giving their time and talent to this worthwhile cause.

 At 8:15 p.m. the silent auction will close. Prizes may be picked up at 9 p.m.

 The entire evening is a lovely and memorable event. Please make the decision to join us. Tickets cost only $100 dollars and most, or $85 of that, is tax deductible.

All Manna Meal Board members have tickets for sale. Or, contact Jean Simpson at jsmannameal@wirefire.com.

The count-down begins now – 20 days until this great event. Buy your tickets today.

 

Transitions

The lease is up and the garden must find a new site this year. The search committee has been looking at all the options and may soon locate a new home for the Manna Meal Garden. The existing garden land will be restored and everything moved to the new site. This will be a busy year–so we will be calling all volunteers! We are grateful for 6 wonderful years of gardening on Rutledge Rd. We will miss our friends there.

Planting time comes late this year. Peas are planted in March. Volunteers visit during March and weave a new twine pea trellis

Planting time comes late this year. Volunteers visit during March, plant peas and weave a new twine pea trellis.

Spinach was planted in the snow covered raised bed.

Spinach was planted in the snow covered raised bed.

-20 degree weather during the winter presented a problem with the water hydrant. It froze & burst.

-20 degree weather during the winter presented a problem with the water hydrant. It froze & burst.

Daffodils endured the near freezing temps.

Daffodils endured the near freezing temps.

Garlic didn't pay any attention to the cold.

Garlic didn’t pay any attention to the cold.

2014 Year-end Garden Report

Grateful for the warm sunny days when garden flowers were in full bloom

Grateful for the warm sunny days when garden flowers were in full bloom

A dedicated group of garden volunteers planted, weeded, watered and harvested 2,700 pounds of fresh produce and flowers for the Soup Kitchen in 2014.

Jean Simpson sends her sincere love and thanks to each volunteer for every hour of service donated in 2014.  Caring volunteers are the life-blood of Manna Meal Inc. and you, our volunteers, have made the Kanawha Valley a very special, caring community.

Manna Meal staff, Board members and volunteers wish to express thanks to the owners of the present garden site for their permission to allow us to have a garden for six years.  Next year we will restore and return the property to them.

Manna Meal Garden will enter a new chapter as it relocates garden operations to a new site. It is from small and simple things that great things are brought to pass. Thank you everyone for making 2014 so great!

Love & Peace to All, Jean Simpson