Goodness Grows News

January 2018

Happy New Year!

Newsletter #10

First Mission Group of 2018

A wonderful group from Westminster College spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day here working hard. They moved wood, set up a growing area in the front greenhouse, hung lights, and more. We are grateful for all the willing hands that help our mission grow! If you would like to arrange a Mission Trip to Goodness Grows, let us know. We would love to work with you.

Keeping Busy - Even in Winter

Our staff and clients have started off 2018 with a variety of projects. Birdhouses and snowmen have been finished up...and we still have some available for purchase. Many days have been full of Jungle Jam making and stuffing catnip toys. It is the perfect time of the year to build up our supplies for craft shows and farmers markets!

When we are not crafting or putting our jam making skills to the test, there is still plenty to be done. Now is the time for spring dreaming as we pour over seed catalogs and make garden plans for the coming growing season. We have also been working in the greenhouses, cleaning, cooking together, and much more. It might be cold outside but we are cozy, warm, and full of learning and laughter inside!

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Goodness Grows is offering a 14 week produce subscription program. Subscribers will get fresh, naturally raised vegetables every Thursday from June 28- September 27. Subscription orders will be harvested, packaged, and cooled that day and available for pick-up between 4pm - 7pm each Thursday.

Leaf lettuce, micro greens, onions, tomatoes, peppers (hot and mild), potatoes, corn, cucumbers, and herbs such as chives, basil, cilantro, thyme, sage and parsley will be the main crops, along with additional items such as zucchini, squash, peas, green beans, strawberries, and flowers. Value added items such as jam, salsa, and pesto will be included when available. End of season may include corn stalks and pumpkins. Locally sourced, ecologically grown vegetables and fruit may be included to increase food diversity.

Abundance – number of crops ready and amount of harvest of a given crop will vary throughout the season. We pledge to provide at least six items each week. The price is $20 per week, which can be paid once by May 18 - $250 ($30 discount) or in three payments of $95 by May 18, July 6, and Sept. 1. A mini share for 1 person, may be ordered at $12 per week ($150 if paid by May 18). Contact us by April 30, 2018 to reserve your subscription. (The CSA title above this section is a link directly to the CSA form on our website.)

Why Support a CSA?

What’s it all about? The produce and so much more…

* High Quality * Grown locally * Farm Fresh * Handled with care * Selected for flavor

Our produce is grown, picked, packed, displayed, and marketed, in part by area students. These are adults and young adults with developmental disabilities AND with abilities to develop via market farming work here. This CSA program provides a great variety of tasks that teach our clients and classrooms farm skills and also raises money to keep our programs going.

Subscribing creates a partnership between consumers and farmers. You can take comfort in knowing your hard-earned dollar goes directly to the people who plant, tend, and harvest your food locally. A CSA guarantees that you know right where your food is coming from! You will also be supporting sustainable agricultural practices that protect our local soil and water resources.

*Goodness Grows aims to provide 10% of our harvest to locals in need.*

Be a Part of Our Day

Did you know that Goodness Grows is now licensed through the state of Ohio as a Department of Developmental Disabilities service provider? We are a site that provides daily programming - vocational habilitation - for adults with disabilities. This means we provide training in a wide array of life skills. Our clients spend their time here learning how to cook, bake, do laundry, clean, take care of gardens, and much more. We would be delighted to show you all our abilities and talk to you about how you, or your family member, could be a part of our program.

Check out our website & Facebook page to learn more!

Goodness Grows is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit operating out of Common Ground Church Community. Our mission is to cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities. We are working to improve people's lives through social and therapeutic gardening practices. We would love for you to join us!

Create. Cultivate. Thrive.