Arboretum Gardeners Practice Social Distancing

UPPER POTTSGROVE PA – Vegetables have been planted in the organic garden at Althouse Arboretum on Gilbertsville Road, its newsletter announced Wednesday (May 20, 2020), and although the veggies themselves are far, far closer than six feet apart the arboretum staff pledges the volunteers who planted them adhered to social distancing guidelines during the process.

Student and community volunteers alike were involved in preparing what the newsletter said it hoped would be “an entire harvest of nutritious food.” Much of it, according to arboretum Director Ken Hamilton, “will be distributed to local families in need. Some will become ingredients for delicious food made by our business partner, Shorty’s Sunflower Café” in Lower Pottsgrove.

The remainder will be offered in twice-monthly boxes to arboretum members who have purchased a share to join its community-supported agriculture program, and also as products at its scheduled farmer’s markets on the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 4-7 p.m. beginning May 29. Other markets are scheduled for June 12 and 26, July 10 and 14, Aug. 14 and 28, and Sept. 11-25.

The market features “local farmers who are doing things naturally and sustainably,” the newsletter noted. Among its offerings will “be honey, beef and cuts, vegetables, a selection of bread and cheese, wine, soaps, candles, and more.” Eight farmer-vendors make up the market’s core, and others likely will be added as the season progresses.

Can’t wait for the market?, the newsletter asked. The arboretum is operating an online plant sale, here, as a fund-raiser.

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