There is a group of gardeners in Scituate who continue to cultivate vegetables, some flowers and herbs, as well as many annuals and perennials at the Teak Sherman Community Garden. Located off the road at the corner of Rte.3A and First Parish Road, and sitting on conservation land, many of the same folks are hard at work making sure their plot of land is productive to feed themselves,their family and their neighbors who rely and depend on food at the food pantry. The food pantry is open year round and provides food for folks at least once a week.
The goal of the Teak Sherman Community Garden is to grow produce that can add to the variety of food offerings. The hard working group of growers use organic methods and source their seeds and seedlings carefully so that the eventual food can be a healthy source of nutrients and nourishment. What strikes me lately is the commitment of giving from these growers who gathered recently to plant garlic and tuck in the gardens for pending winter.
Winter still seems a far piece away, as tomatoes remain on the vine, slowly ripening while still tasting sweet, along with the thickening leeks, carrots, salad greens and hardy beets. The warm weather of late, terrific for growing, is a tribute to a warming planet. Though some refuse to read the evidence of science, while taking in real news of hurricanes, storms, floods and extreme weather patterns, the warm weather is still here for New England.
Certainly, I will be writing about the cold snow in winter, while ordering seeds and making plans for planting. But for now, I will embrace the weather we have, while still trying to write, teach and act as if the climate is changing and needs our attention to reduce the change in manners big and small.
The few at Teak Sherman who farm and garden sustainably have added well-composted manure to the beds for the fall. Some have planted garlic with seaweed as a local, formidable mulch, as well as to introduce the seaweed into the soil to slowly break down in the coming months.
And the farmers at Holly Hill continue to also prep the beds for garlic and tuck away their hard working beds until spring. In any regard, the effort is inspiring and a nice way to spend time with friends, committed to a purpose and indeed adding some fresh food to the pantry shelves.