Garden of Hope Harvest Festival

WHAT: Garden of Hope Harvest Festival
WHO:    Volunteers and coordinators of the Garden of Hope Hunger Initiative
WHEN:   Sunday, October 12 from 4-6 pm
WHERE At the Church of the Nazarene, 1243 Whitehill Rd, Yorktown
WHY:    To celebrate a successful first season and taste  some delicious recipes that showcase vegetables produced by the Garden.

Just a few short months ago—in May, 2014—this land was empty and waiting to be transformed. Through the vision and support of the Peekskill Area Pastors Association and the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene, the dream became reality: The Garden of Hope Hunger Initiative, an opportunity for volunteers to make a tangible, hands-on contribution to the fight against hunger in this community.

Step by step, many hands helped to put things in place—preparing the ground, removing the rocks, tilling the field, building the fence, running the wires, installing the gates, setting up the water hoses, placing hay, planting the seedlings, placing mulch, removing pests, deterring deer, and watering twice a day.

In just five months, the new Garden of Hope produced an average 30-35 pounds a week of fresh, organic produce for food pantries throughout the Northern Westchester and Putnam Area, from what was once just a barren, weed-filled field.

The transformation was made possible by many wonderful people, whose support continues to shine as an inspiring example of what can be accomplished by dedicated individuals coming together with a unifying purpose.

Many, many volunteers devoted their time—mornings, evenings and weekends—generously supporting the Garden with labor, equipment, hay, mulch and so much more to make the Garden a reality and a success.

And now it’s time to celebrate what they’ve accomplished!

Join us for the celebration and a chance to talk with volunteers and coordinators about the Garden of Hope Hunger Initiative, a project of the Peekskill Area Pastors Association and Yorktown Church of the Nazarene.

Note to media: It's a little last minute, and we apologize—gardening is all about the weather!—but we thought you'd like to know about this. Print and online reporters, we’ll have JPEGs of the garden “in progress” during spring, summer and fall for you; TV, lots of good harvest visuals (and folks who love dirt!)

For more information contact:
jayme.stedman@gmail.com or 914-920-8259

For immediate release

Contact: Rabbi Lee Paskind, President
First Hebrew Congregation
1821 E. Main St., Peekskill NY 10566
(914) 739-0500
rabbi@firsthebrew.org
ravlsp914@gmail.com