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March 21, 2016

Starting a Community Garden

Recently, Women and Girls Thriving received a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation to use the garden on their property. The garden has not been cared for the last couple of years so it is very overgrown. Just a couple weeks ago we started a garden group through Women and Girls Thriving to plan and run the garden. The goal of the garden is to grow healthy food, but also to build community and leadership. A portion of the food grown will also go to the Brookline Food Pantry.

Diagram of a community garden with post-its of ideas

Diagram of garden with post-its of ideas


We started by gathering a group of women who were interested in planning and organizing this community garden. So far we have held a couple of meetings to get to know each other and to start planning what we want to plant. Our list of plants so far contains, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. I also sent of a sample of the soil to UMass Amherst to check if the soil is safe (doesn’t contain lead or other heavy metals) and to see what amendments, if any, need to be made.


Image of 5 of the people who helped to clean the garden

Most of the group that helped clean up the garden. (Photo Credit: Alison Moore)


The weather in Boston was so nice last week we were anxious to get out into the garden. So, we gathered the past 2 Saturday mornings to clean up the garden. Even in the first 2 short hours we made a lot of progress and the garden was already starting to look much better. We then met the next Saturday and finished most of the clean-up. The garden so far has been a lot of fun. Even on the first day we found some garlic growing and were able to plant it in one of the beds.


Bed with garlic planted around the edges

Image of garlic that we planted around the edge of one of the beds.


Our next steps are to amend the soil, get the beds repaired, and to start deciding on exactly what to plant.


March 17, 2016

My SNAP Adventure part two

After a frustrating ordeal with the application process, I officially have my SNAP worked out and I went grocery shopping for the first time this week. I decided to get up early Monday morning and go shopping at 9am because, honestly, I was really nervous about it. I figured 9am on a Monday would be a slow time so if something went wrong or if I accidently made a scene trying to pay there would be less people to witness. I’m happy to say that, to my great relief, there was no scene to be had. Unlike the old ...

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March 17, 2016

My SNAP Adventure part one

As I have mentioned in the past, because the focus of my year of service is food justice, my house mates and I are participating in two eating challenges. The first ran from September to the end of January and we ate only local food. While that challenge was definitely challenging, I think the lessons learned from it were not quite as applicable to daily life as my second challenge. From February first to the end of July we will no longer receive a food stipend and will instead depend on SNAP. I have been in the application process for ...

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March 16, 2016

PC(USA) Priority on Children

Support a strong Child Nutrition Act!

1) Send this PC(USA) Action Alert to your representatives in Congress:

2) Have your congregation sign onto this organizational letter to Congress for the Farm to School Act:

3) Sign your name to the citizen sign-on letter:

Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Hunger Program, PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, and Educate a Child Initiative are joining with our interfaith partners in Washington DC and the National Farm to School Network and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to advocate for a strong Child Nutrition Act that also advances farm to school priorities, all with a shared goal of healthier children who are ready to learn, and resilient local food and farm systems.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.”   – Nelson Mandela

*** Download the PDF flyer to share with your congregation and others ***

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March 15, 2016

PC(USA) Priority on Fair Wages

Campaign for Fair Wages!

The Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Women and the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness is joining with congregations, interfaith partners, the Alliance for Fair Food, Interfaith Worker Justice and ROC-United to advance justice in the fields and poverty reduction for all workers through fair wages.

People of faith call for justice in the fields &
living wages to end hunger!

1) Tell Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program

2) Advocate to raise the minimum wage

3) End wage theft

4) Become a Worker Justice Congregation

5) Organize to protect workers’ rights

*** Download the PDF flyer to share with your congregation and others ***


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