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Friday, October 22, 2010

Until Next Spring...

Well, the season has come to an end and what an amazing season it has been.

3,000 LBS OF DONATED VEGETABLES:  That is 6x more than last year.  That is 1.5 tons.  That is an elephant, a mac truck, a whale.  That is an astounding and most generous amount of vegetables!  Thanks to all who donated this year.  You have exceeded all our expectations.

5 G4G COMMUNITY EVENTS: With four cooking and recipe sharing events at LHA senior centers and one end of the year celebration this season, we made some real progress toward our goal of creating a true community of sharing.  It was such a pleasure to share several joyful afternoons with our recipients and one fun day with a number of our generous gardeners.  The opportunity to get to know our neighbors was definitely one of our favorite parts of the season and something we would like to do more of next year.

NUMEROUS PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL LITTLETON BUSINESSES:  I am not sure if we are more astounded by the amount of vegetables donated this year or the incredible support we received from the Littleton business community.  The project, the events, and our success are deeply bound to the generosity of local businesses like O'Toole's Garden Center, Savory Spice Shop, Delizio's Wine Bar and Cafe, Blueberries, Elements, David James Hair Salon, Pat's Bar and Grill, Romano's, Intrigue, and Meryl's Restaurant.  We are also indebted to the Littleton Historical Museum, Bemis Library, and the Buck Recreation Center for their support this year.  Our partnership with Littleton Housing Authority and IFCS was of course essential to the project and finally, our most serendipitous partnering has been with Recipe for Change, a local nonprofit who has kindly offered to take us under their wing.  They have been an incredible support for us this year and we are looking forward to how we may grow together in the future.

So with Season 2 under our belt, we have a great deal to be grateful for and we are.  But we are already looking ahead to next year for new opportunities and surprising successes.

Until then though, THANK YOU!  Enjoy your break from digging in the dirt, have a wonderful holidays, and a cozy winter.  And we hope to see you (or be in touch with you) again in the spring.

With the sincerest thanks,

The Gardening for Good Team