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Interfaith Garden wrap-up, by Amy Swanson, a Garden Coordinator

“At the end of every Interfaith Garden season there is an opportunity to review the numbers. Tracking how much we grew and which crops thrived is an easy metric to gather. It is a concrete measure of success that people can relate to. The big number this year was 1,600 pounds. But the other intent {for the garden} was to build community and have some fun in the process. So, another metric we can track relative to that is to find out how many volunteers answered the call for help and how much help did they provide.

This year we got a late start due to weather, not getting to work until April 4th about 3 weeks later than usual. The season was only 29 weeks vs the average of 32 weeks. We scheduled 46 volunteer days and a wonderful group of 175 caring people answered the call and filled 468 volunteer slots! An interesting side note is that over the eight years, more than 800 individuals have stopped by the Garden and done at least one shift. We have many volunteers who have been involved from the beginning, others who only work once, but we are thankful to all, because whether you work once or a dozen times, you have contributed to the Garden’s success.

And how could this ever be without the leadership of Carla Fortmann? She has shared her space, profound gardening knowledge and countless hours directing our activities. She is a Garden Angel. Thank you, Carla.”

And many thanks to Pilgrim’s volunteers this year: Deborah Burger, Ruth Hickox Litchfield, Mary Mackie, Son-Mey Chiu, Christina Sym, and Barbara Munkres.