Gardening: Don’t let your trees’ fruit go to waste

Got a fruit tree in the backyard that you don’t pick? Or raspberries and blueberries you can’t pick fast enough? If this is your challenge, its time to sign up your tree for gleaning with the Spokane Edible Tree Project.

Since 2013, the Spokane Edible Tree Project has gleaned tens of thousands of pounds of apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, cherries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruit from Spokane backyard trees and bushes. The fruit is donated to local food banks where it gives people the gift of fresh fruit.

To do this, SETP registers backyard fruit trees and bushes prior to the growing season. When the fruit is ripe, a crew will come and harvest it. In return, SETP asks that tree owners care for the tree. To support this, SETP also provides education opportunities for tree owners and the wider community on how to care for their plants while

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At Iowa City church, a garden for the community grows… and grows

The sign on the garden fence at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City reads “Lettuce” in bold letters.

It means Let us Feed Others. And they do — by growing enormous amounts of vegetables to give to local food banks.

Last year, the church donated more than 5,000 pounds of food. It is hard to get your head around that. Imagine, though, a large tomato that weighs about a pound, and then imagine thousands of them.

Of course, the church grows a variety of other vegetables, and most are started with seeds. Around March of each year, Clyde Seery starts planting seeds that go into the greenhouse the church has fashioned for the garden.

A community garden, worked by the community of St.  Andrew to serve the communities of Johnson County.

A community garden, worked by the community of St. Andrew to serve the communities of Johnson County.

The start of this garden is a bit like the biblical parable of the mustard seed. A

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Food supplies running low at some Central Florida shelters, food banks

More shelters and food banks are needing help to feed people in need. It’s causing some of their food supply shelves to look bare. At Matthew’s Hope Ministries the outreach center is struggling.

“It’s disheartening. It’s very hard to help when they ask for something,” said Matthews Hope volunteer Andrea Pumar.

“Watching it literally get worse – just day after day and for us. As we watch it get worse, we’re watching our shelves just become completely depleted,” said CEO Scott Billue.

Billue said he has seen a 30% increase as more families are in need due to increased fuel costs and a delay in getting food stamps. Many don’t even

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