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T H E W E E K LY S U N • A U G U S T 9 - 15, 2017

NEWS ENVIRONMENT

VOLUNTEER FOR VEGGIES

LOST CATS-REWARD

2 female tabby cats lost from St. Francis Pet Clinic on Sunday, July 30th. Very shy, please call 720.2059 if you see them. They might be anywhere between Ketchum & Mid-Valley. Please check your sheds/garages/under decks.

olunteering is the middle name of the Wood River community. Of all the organizations one can spend some quality time with, The Hunger Coalition has long ranked as a favorite. Now there’s an even more attractive option: folks of all ages can invest some time at the Bloom Community Farm or The Hope Garden, both in Hailey. In exchange, they can earn a share of locally grown fruits and vegetables harvested onsite. Such a deal. The program, Volunteer for Veggies, was designed as a twoway street for locals who want to fill up on healthy, farm-fresh produce without exhausting their grocery budget. “Our first summer of Volunteer for Veggies has been a beautiful coming together of locals from all walks of life, connecting over the fun and fulfillment of planting and harvesting good food,” said Naomi Spence, associate director of The Hunger Coalition. According to a volunteer, there’s satisfaction in being able to “give back in trade for great veggies and know you are helping others, too.” During this summer, more than 120 volunteers planted crops and harvested food, sur-

Gabriel Saltos, left, helps out in The Hope Garden with her mother, Nellie Saltos, right, and son. Courtesy photo by Naomi Spence

Volunteers at the Bloom Community Farm are, from left to right, Sierra Schuckert, Rachel Shinn, Megan Schooley, Brooke Pace McKenna and Krista Felton. Food production manager Lynea Petty walks by in the background. Courtesy photo by Naomi Spence

prising everyone. “It has exceeded our expectations,” said Kristin McMahon, The Hunger Coalition’s communications and development supervisor. “It’s such an empowering program. Kids are so much more likely to eat a vegetable after planting and harvesting it.” Recently, one little girl dragged her mother around the garden, saying, “I’ve got to show you what I did.” Volunteers have been able to tote home mixed salad greens, arugula, summer squash, basil, cilantro, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, beets, chard, green onions, and spinach. Together they’ve harvested a grand total of 2,150 pounds of produce. “Currently, volunteers can go home with up to 7 pounds of fresh produce per hour due to heavy crops,” said Lynea Petty,

SUN BULLETIN BOARD THE WEEKLY

NAMI RECOVERY SUPPORT

Connection Recovery Support Group is back! Ongoing support group for people living with mental challenge; share coping strategies, offer encouragement, receive support. Every Thursday.

5:30-7 p.m. Sun Club (North Room), 731 N 1st Ave, Hailey. Info: 208-481-0686

LANDSCAPE GARDENING POSITION

with small independent business. Join our gardening crew to finish the growing season. Tending gardens & installing landscapes. PT now thru mid October. Good pay based on experience and attitude. Fast paced. Must be physically fit. Call Susan for details & interview 208-720-6590.

CHECK IT OUT

Photography of VINTAGE FIRE ENGINES, bright red and buffed. At Hailey Atkinsons’ CARD STAND, by Edith Pendl, LOCAL ARTIST.

PROPERTY FOR SALE

Unique 47+ acres in Soldier Mt. foothills. 1 hr. from SV. Yearround creek, 900 sq ft slab, 1000 gal underground propane tank, septic, well, wind, solar. 208-481-2016.

HOUSEKEEPING

Responsible, experienced & great references, housekeeper now accepting new clients. Free estimates available for: homes, condos & offices. beatrizq2003@hotmail.com, 208-720-5973

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food production manager. “Folks generally take home as much as they need.” Many of the volunteers are people who don’t have gardens of their own but crave getting their hands dirty, and enjoy the camaraderie of gardening with friends. Volunteers can simply show up during volunteer hours at either garden. They are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Sunscreen, a hat, work gloves, water and snacks are also recommended. For those working at either The Hope Garden or Bloom Community Farm, tools are provided. Groups are also welcome to join in, and all volunteers must sign a waiver before volunteering. For more information, visit thehungercoalition.org.

Volunteer hours through August and September: The Hope Garden • Mondays from 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m. • Wednesdays from 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Bloom Community Farm • Wednesday and Saturday 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

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