2009-05-28 / Editorial

Gardeners are needed down on the farm

• EDITORIAL •

Volunteers of all ages pitched in at the Jamestown Community Farm on Saturday for the first official work day. Photo by Jeff McDonough Volunteers of all ages pitched in at the Jamestown Community Farm on Saturday for the first official work day. Photo by Jeff McDonough Bob Sutton had a big smile on his face Saturday morning as he surveyed the four acres at the Jamestown Community Farm where many islanders were busy weeding established herb gardens while others were planting corn and beans and squash.

"This is great," he said. "I'm surprised we had this many people show up for our first day of planting."

Sutton, himself a volunteer as the manager of the community farm, said it is important that people donate their time all summer long. "Whatever they can do to help is okay," he added. "Just show up and do what you can is all we ask."

This is the ninth year for the island's community farm. More than 100,000 pounds of Jamestown-grown vegetables have been donated to food pantries and soup kitchens in Rhode Island.

Sutton said prior gardening experience is not necessary to volunteer at the community farm, although he does welcome those folks who have a "green thumb." But if you'd like to learn the basics of gardening, the community farm is an excellent way to learn the proper way to grown your own veggies.

You can also learn about bee-keeping and raising chickens, because the farm has bee hives and poultry.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Bring the kids. Work sessions are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Also, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

See you there.

— Jeff McDonough

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