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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The count-down begins now – 20 days until this great event. Buy your tickets today.
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.
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