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If you need a bit more fresh food than you are getting, the Learning Gardens Lab is here to help

DAVID F. ASHTON - Ready for another weekly harvest in Brentwood-Darlington, here are Harvest Share gardeners Zeke Zager, Eric Benedon, and Liv Carmody. One of the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been that, once again this season, the Portland State University "Learning Gardens Laboratory" (LGL) did not open their Farm Stand, at which they sell fresh-from-the-garden vegetables to passers-by.

However, not wanting to disappoint the families who've enjoyed their fresh produce, all of it grown in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, they've continued the "Harvest Share" program they started last year as an alternative.

"Our Harvest Share is similar to a 'CSA' (Community Supported Agriculture), except that people don't sign up for an entire growing season – buyers simply sign up for a 'share' of what we harvest in our dedicated garden on a week-by-week basis," explained Harvest Share and Plant Sale Coordinator Liv Carmody.

The first week of the servicce this year was in mid-June, and the Harvest Share program will continue through the end of October.

"In their weekly Harvest Share, participants are receiving bundles of kale, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, and a variety peppers – as well as squash, cucumbers, potatoes, radishes, and a variety of herbs," Carmody explained. "When the weather starts getting a little bit cooler, we'll be distributing harvests of broccoli, cauliflower, and collards."

In her view, an important facet of the Harvest Share program, "Is that it allows people to source their food locally, from right here in their neighborhood – instead of purchasing food that may have been grown thousands of miles away."

If you'd like to try out the service, just buy a Harvest Share on the Monday of any particular week's distribution, which is done late afternoon on the Thursday of the same week.

"We offer 15 Harvest Shares per week, on a first-come, first-purchased basis from those who sign up online; so, we suggest buying your share on a Monday, before they're sold out for the week," Carmody advised. "Remember, there's no obligation to buy a share every week."

Interested? Take a look at their webpage to learn more. Scroll down to see the current and upcoming Harvest Share opportunities at – www.eventbrite.com/o/learning-gardens-laboratory-28081025775


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