Goodness Grows News

February 2020

Newsletter #33

CSA 2020 Now Open

Check out the info below to learn more about our CSA. If you are ready to order or would like to chat with us about it, call 330-549-9408, email Jen at or use the "Contact Us" form on our website
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Our "What We Grow" list varies from year to year. We have certain crops that we always plant and then we pick some new each year to try. We always get so excited to see how our choices turn out! We hope you are just as excited as we are about fresh produce!

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What’s it all about?

The produce and so much more…

* High Quality * Grown Locally * Farm Fresh *
* Handled with Care * Selected for Flavor *

Grown, picked, packed, and displayed, in part, by area students. These are adults and young adults with developmental disabilities AND with abilities to develop via market farming work here.

Subscribing creates a partnership between consumers and farmers. Take comfort in knowing your hard-earned dollar goes directly to the people who plant, tend, and harvest your food locally and that your contribution supports this organization. You will also be supporting sustainable agricultural practices that protect our local soils and water.

The number of crops ready and amount of harvest of a given crop will vary throughout the season. We pledge to provide at least six different items each week. Last year, even with the extensive rain that marked spring and early summer, we always had more than six items. Our shares actually ranged from seven to twelve different items weekly, with ten being the most frequent total of items.

A Look at One CSA Thursday Last Year

Why CSA?

A CSA is a great way to:

  • obtain fresh, local produce.
  • know where your food comes from.
  • support local, sustainable agriculture.
  • try new items.
  • learn new ways to enjoy favorite produce.
  • eat seasonally!

Our CSA is different because it also allows you to support job training for adults and students with disabilities as well as their traditionally developing peers who join us for summer jobs. These adults and young people work right alongside each other and our staff to plan, plant, tend, harvest, and process our produce to have it ready to go each Thursday of our CSA season. Extra produce not needed for our shares is also used to benefit area families that are experiencing food insecurity.

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

CSA subscriptions open now! Contact us and send payment by April 30 to get the EARLY BIRD price on a Weekly Share. The final payment deadline to subscribe is May 29.

Winter Greetings from GG

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This month has certainly brought us a wide range of weather. From snowy days spent constructing snowmen to warm(ish) days where we headed out into the woods, February has had it all. We hope you are enjoying it as much as we are here in North Lima!

Tim Tebow's Night to Shine

One of our favorite nights of the year! Most of our crew attended and everyone had a fabulous time. We appreciate the Highway Tabernacle and all the folks who make this event possible.

Adventures in Nature

Even in the snow and cold, there is plenty of nature to enjoy on our property. Our clients love to spot interesting sights and creatures. Recently they assembled a terrarium for our salamander friends so that we might get the chance to watch these fascinating animals grow. They also continually add to our nature collection and were thrilled to find the happy looking (deceased) praying mantis below, right in one of our greenhouses.

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

We are coming to the end of our cranberry jam supply and Rachel has now moved into Berrylicious Jungle Jam production. Let us know if you need some jam to brighten up these winter days.

Available Now

Jungle Jam: Cranberry Jalapeno, Blueberry Jalapeno, Berrylicious Jalapeno, Hot (Jalapeno Habanero), Pineapple Habanero, Cherry Habanero

Juicy Jam: Cranberry Orange​

February Fun

Fall Coat & Clothing (& More) Giveaway

We are already working on Common Ground's 2020 Giveaway Day, scheduled for the 2nd Saturday in October (10/10/2020) from 10am-1pm. New shelves have been built and installed in the Green Room and items are being sorted, folded, and organized. Donations accepted happily from now thru the big day, (usually) Monday-Friday from 8:30-2:30 and Sunday mornings from 10-12.

Common Ground & Goodness Grows spend all year collecting new items and used items that are still good, useful, and clean so that they can be shared with anyone in need. If you have items to donate and we are not here, give us a call at 330-549-9408 to arrange a drop off time or put bags under the front awning of the church (facing the road) near the glass doors and we will find them.

Items we accept include: Coats/Jackets * Snow Pants * Hats * Gloves/Mittens * Scarves
Clothing for All Ages/Sizes/Seasons * Baby Items * Shoes/Boots * Purses/Bags * Costumes Household/Kitchen Items * Tools * Stuffed Animals * Books * Toys & Games

Any item you think might help someone out or brighten their day can be donated, as long at is clean, usable, and in good working order. Anyone in the community with a need is welcome to come to the Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway, no income or proof of residency requirements. Kids are welcome but it is not necessary to bring them in order to choose items for them. We also provide cookies and hot & cold beverages.

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'd love for you to join us!

Create. Cultivate. Thrive.