“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit,fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.” John 15:16, The Message (MSG)

Thank you for coming to harvest at the Nimmo Community Garden!

We grow fast growing, renewable vegetables that will yield a lot for our growing season. The varieties are basic (cucumber, pepper, tomatoes) to suit our clients. We grow some things for fun (asparagus, herbs, lavender, and kohlrabi). Roots: Started in 2009 by Virginia Beach United Methodist Church to support Potter’s House ministry to people near oceanfront. The garden is 100×60 feet. Where does food go? To senior citizens at Russell House & Sullivan House; food pantries at First Presbyterian Church, Courthouse Community UMC and JCOC (Judeo-Christian Outreach Center). Lesser quality goes to animals at the Bunny Hutch animal rescue. Mondays – Sullivan House, Wednesdays – First Presbyterian Church, Fridays – JCOC and Russell House. Why so scheduled? To avoid waste and help the plants produce as much as possible. How much do we grow? With your help last year, we picked over 2,500 pounds! Assuming standard 1/3 lb. serving per person =7,500 people served Where do the plants come from? Jo-Anne Munroe and Andy Lesperance grow from seed in our greenhouse starting in March. What’s our growing season? Seeds start in February/March with planting day on the 1st Saturday in May. Who helps? Anyone and everyone! Last year over 175 different people visited and helped at the garden. Nimmo Church members help with tending and greenhouse growing. First Presbyterian Church and community volunteers harvest weekly. Groups and individuals help at weekly work groups. We welcome occasional help from Scouts, schools, youth groups FAQ:
  • Do you compost? Yes, but only healthy plants. No tomatoes, weeds or diseased plants.
  • Why not give to the food bank? The food bank supplies organizations like food pantries. We give directly to individuals and families through food pantries and apartments.
  • What is the water source? We use a well located in the pump house. It supplies the greenhouse, pump house faucet and 4 hydrants in the Community Garden Plots.
  • When do you water? 5:00 – 6:30 am. Please come after 7 am to avoid walking on wet ground.
  • How can I get more involved? Sign up for weekly email list; tells what we’re harvesting & tending. Join a weekly small group (Tuesday Tillers mornings, Wednesday evenings 6:30-8pm and TGIF Tillers Friday mornings). Register as a volunteer (form at https://nimmogarden.com). Watch for events on Facebook page

HARVESTING PROCESS:

  • Get supplies from front of garden. Buckets, scissors, scale, log and plastic bats are in storage container inside garden.
  • Check guide and weekly email to see what’s ripe.
  • Pick (wheelbarrow and buckets are helpful.
After picking:
  1. Sort vegetables into plastic bags for easy weighing.
  2. Weigh on scale (in bin)
  3. Log into bounty book. Include: date, your name, receiving organization, weight by general variety (Ex: Peppers, Eggplant, and Tomato. No need to specify size or type)
  4. Wipe off cutting tools with rubbing alcohol and paper towel.

TIPS:

Protect yourself from the sun and bugs
  • Bring water bottle and drink water
  • Wear sunscreen and hat
  • Apply bug spray or wear bug band
Protect your harvest
  • Veggies best harvested in the cool morning hours; stays crisp and stores longer OR in the evening after the heat of the late afternoon sun has begun to wane.
  • Keep in shade while picking; they wilt quickly in heat.
  • Use ice chests with ice packs; we can lend you extras
Keep it clean (avoid attracting bad pests to the garden)
  • Pick everything, even oversized, bad stuff (place in separate bag)/
  • Toss veggies with holes but no bugs in black or terra cotta compost tumblers outside garden
  • Tomatoes and diseased veggies can be bagged and tossed in black trashcan outside garden.
  • Please clean scissors/trimmers with rubbing alcohol before putting away
See Something Say Something
  • Plants in distress (ex. Wilted tomatoes) – mark with flags and call/text/email me. Pictures help!
  • PESTS: If you see these bugs, please kill them if you are comfortable. If you see eggs on the backside of leaves, please cut and remove. It’s helpful to let me know so we can treat bugs before plants become infested.
Cucumber beetles Squash Bug Leave as you found it
  • Put all tools back in bin, and close bins to keep water out
  • Remove all trash
  • Close the gate<
How do you know when it’s ripe?<
  • Veggies ripen at various times so please read weekly emails for harvest updates (separate email or ok to include with weekly email to all?)
  • See guide
  • If in doubt, leave it for the next day’s harvest

ENJOY!!

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
  • After weighing, take some home – there’s plenty!
  • Take photos and send to nimmogarden@gmail.com so we can share on Facebook

Download Renee’s guide:
When to Harvest for the best flavor.