THE FARM NEWS

Mowing Help Needed!

While we love that Spring has finally sprung here at The Farm, it also brings the need for us to start mowing our orchard and pastures. It is critical that our orchard is mowed regularly to prevent mice and rabbits from damaging our young trees, and it is also important that we mow our field a few times this season in order to start the process of renovating our pastures for future livestock. We could use a few willing volunteers who can help with mowing and trimming around the orchard this summer, as well as someone who may be able to mow our pasture a couple times throughout the summer. We do have a small lawn tractor and string trimmer for the orchard, but would need a volunteer who can use their own tractor and bush-hog for mowing the pasture. If you or someone you know may be able to assist, please contact the Farm Manager, Morgan Livingston, at thefarm@gwcfb.org or 724-632-2190 ext. 108. Thank you!

Governor Wolf Visits Greater Washington County Food Bank

May 02, 2018

On May 2nd, Greater Washington County Food Bank had the privilege of hosting Governor Wolf, as well as many of our key partners, here at the Healthy Habits Training Center. Governor Wolf had the opportunity to tour the GWCFB warehouse, training center, thrift store, and The Farm, and see how all of our programs work together to provide more effective services to our community. We appreciate the governor’s interest and the chance to share our vision for GWCFB and The Farm!

Tree Planting Day

April 28, 2018

Tree Planting Day was a huge success, thanks to our wonderful volunteers! Many awesome volunteers came out to help us from early in the morning through the afternoon, and did an excellent job prepping and planting our 25 new trees. We even had some special visitors, as Senator Camera Bartolotta, Representative Bud Cook, and Rick Saccone stopped by and worked hard planting trees as well! Thank you to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation for donating 25 beautiful fruit trees and for your guidance and assistance as well. Lastly, thank you to our amazing volunteers for your work ensuring that families will have access to fresh fruit for years to come. More volunteer opportunities are available in The Farm Orchard, contact Morgan to find out more!

Thank You, Volunteers!!

We are extremely blessed by our many amazing volunteers! We’ve had some awesome groups come out and help at The Farm this spring, including Trinity FFA, who assisted with orchard care and moving our deer fence in preparation for Tree Planting Day, a homeschool 4-H group who helped get our raised beds ready for the growing season, and even a Headstart school group who helped plant some of our raised beds! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our volunteers; we depend on you to help us do the important work of raising food for our community, and you are an integral part of what we are building here at The Farm. We continue to be in urgent need of volunteers, both for groups that can tackle larger projects, as well as individuals or families who could come volunteer on a weekly or monthly basis. Please reach out to Morgan Livingston, Farm Manager, at thefarm@gwcfb.org or 724-632-2190 ext. 108 to learn more! 

Thank you CalU Volunteers!

April 14, 2018

Thank you to the CalU students who recently came out to help us work on our raised bed gardens! We were fortunate to have some great students volunteer with us as part of Sigma Kappa volunteer day and The Big Event. Thank you for your great attitude and working hard to help us get the raised beds ready for spring planting! Thanks also to Gary Marzec from the Washington County Master Gardeners for offering his expertise and time to help us take care of our fruit trees this Spring. We still have lots of projects that we could use help with in our raised bed gardens and the orchard, so please reach out to Farm Manager, Morgan Livingston, at 724-632-2190, ext. 108 or thefarm@gwcfb.org if you or your group are interested in volunteering!

The Launch of The Farm!

The biggest focus of The Farm currently is implementing a hydroponics program which will allow them to produce fresh produce for the community year round. 6 empty shipping containers arrived in mid-March, and by Fall of 2018 they will be filled with hydroponics equipment, ready to start growing greens and other produce. In addition, a greenhouse will be installed between two of the units, with the potential to be used both for hydroponics and aquaponics production. With carrying out a project this big, we definitely need the community’s help. In-kind donations of materials and skilled labor (such as electricians, HVAC technicians, and hydroponic consultants) will be critical in allowing us to construct the hydroponic and greenhouse facilities within our budget. GWCFB would like to thank the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program, UPMC, PNC, EQT, and Northwest Bank for their generous support of the hydroponics project. 

Welcome Morgan!

The first Farm Manager, Morgan Livingston, started at GWCFB on 2/26, and is focusing on carrying out the innovative vision of Greater Washington County Food Bank to not only reduce hunger in the Mon Valley community, but to address the root causes of hunger in the first place. Morgan comes to GWCFB with a social work background, as well as the experience of being active in her family’s 5th generation Indiana County farm. The Farm team is tackling many ambitious and exciting projects, and they need your help to make the vision a reality.

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