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Jim and Edie, look like models in a AARP publication. She’s delicate and blond, with wisps of hair framing her clear blue eyes. He’s squared jawed and taciturn.They’re not models, but they are model citizens, doing a necessary job in an unlikely place.
About 20 miles north of Baltimore, wedged between the mansions and bucolic horse farms in Butler Maryland is a one hundred acre haven called Garden Harvest. Up close, Garden Harvest is anything but elitist. The ramshackle farmhouse could use a coat of paint and a little straightening up.
Appearances belie the hardnosed businesslike approach Jim and Edie bring to their enterprise ( No wonder they have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau).
Every year Garden Harvest attracts a cadre of volunteers to grow and harvest close to half a ton of produce. They also raise sheep and goats for those inclined to adopt them and eggs, of course.
If you’re a fan of Michael Pollen, it’s worth taking a look at Garden Harvest just to see how they’ve assimilated sustainability best practices in everything they do.
No John Deere’s mowing the lawn here. Just Nester the sheep mowing the lawn and Rodney the Goat keeping the forest foliage from overtaking the fields. No pesticides either, just a flock of guinea fowl pecking away compulsively at the soil in search of deer ticks.
For all it’s alternate farming methods, Garden Harvest has mainstream appeal. Every year corporations flock to help with the planting and harvesting of crops. Every year they donate free fruit and vegetables to shelters and the needy who lack access to basic food.
And here’s where you can help.. Garden Harvest has a lot to give and lots of people in need. They can’t get their harvest out quick enough and as you know, produce has a short shelf life. GardenHarvest needs your vote.
To be sure, every non-profit featured needs your help and there’s no one needier than another.
There’s just a little comfort in knowing that Garden Harvest runs like the truck it needs.
It’ll go for another 20 years at least. And show no sign of stopping any time soon.
To vote, visit www.facebook.com/toyota Saturday July 9 and vote for Garden Harvest.
Check out their website at: http://www.gardenharvest.org/index.htm
penguinswon 51-55 17 Responses 7 Jul 8, 2011