Welcome to guest blogger Sadie G. and the girls of Girl Scout Troop 44332. I am Sadie from Girl Scout Troop 44332. We are a 2nd year Junior Troop on Bainbridge Island.
One of our service projects this year is to use a garden bed graciously donated by Bethany Lutheran Church to grow fresh vegetables and herbs. We are working with Helpline House because our plan is to donate all of our garden’s proceeds to help feed the hungry.
In the Spring we met with the director of Helpline House who gave us a tour of their market, their cold storage spaces, and their own garden beds. We discussed what vegetables would be the best for the people who come to Helpline House, and so we are growing radishes, beans, zucchini, peppers, potatoes and more!
Then we first did our research on growing a garden, we worked at the library and researched lots of different vegetables. Each of us got out a few different books on vegetables and herbs and learned more about a specific one. We also made our own seed packets to donate to the Bainbridge library’s Seed Library!
By the end of the summer we hope we will have learned all about growing a garden, planting a garden bed, watering and weeding the vegetables, harvesting them and then eventually, donating them to people in need. If you want to grow food for your local food bank, we suggest you could check with one in your area to see what they need. You could even just grow some vegetables in container pots on your porch or patio.
Here is a list of food banks in Kitsap County you could help support:
- Bremerton Foodline
- Salvation Army Food Bank (Bremerton)
- South Kitsap Help Line
- Helpline House (Bainbridge Island)
- North Kitsap Fishline
- ShareNet Food Bank (Kingston)
- Central Kitsap Food Bank
- Vincent de Paul (Bremerton)
This post is part of our Summer Learning Inspiration series. Folks in our community have agreed to share inspiration and talk about some of the amazing things that they’ve been #LibraryInspired to learn!