Our commUNITY garden is growing, growing, growing! On Saturday, June 5th, over 40 volunteers showed up to help the Stone Soup Garden plant for its 2021 summer growing season. Plants were generously donated by our friends at Calypso Farm, Holm Town Nursery, the Hospice Plant Sale, Bender Mountain Farm, and many local growers. With volunteers ranging from Farthest North Girl Scout Troops, the United Way of the Tanana Valley, and the many neighbors who came to lend a hand, it truly was a community offering. Our wonderful volunteers helped us to plant many beds of potatoes, brassicas, greens, fruit bushes, flowers, and so much more. In our little garden behind the kitchen, garden volunteers also planted tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, eggplants, and so many herbs!
We’re excited to watch all these plants grow and provide food for the Fairbanks community all summer long. This year, we’ve planted a lot of easy picking varieties of food so that guests can enjoy fresh produce directly from the dirt. As always, a portion of the crop will come back to the kitchen which our Stone Soup Cafe chefs will then turn into delicious, nutritious meals.
Every summer, we’re amazed by the folks who donate their Saturday mornings to help us plant, and this summer, we had one of our largest volunteer groups yet! The Stone Soup Garden truly wouldn’t be what it is without all the wonderful volunteers who are ready to get their hands in the dirt. Thank you to everyone who came out on the 5th! It is because of this community of growers that we are able to provide healthy, nourishing food all throughout the warm, sunny Fairbanks summer. Thank you!