In This Issue: Farm to Table Tour De Farm What’s an Indian Summer Anyway? My Harvest Feeling: Lessons from a Community Gardener Recipe: Caramelized Butternut Squash

September Newsletter 2012

In this Issue…
2 Contributors The Fred Krisher Grow Food, Grow Hope Endowment 4 5 6 7 4th Annual Farm to Table Thank You Friends and Donors Feature: What’s An Indian Summer Anyway? Feature: Jack & Bill Recipe: Caramelized Butternut Squash
Grow Food, Grow Hope is an AmeriCorps sponsored project. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.


The America the Beautiful Fund is giving away up to 6,000 free seed packets to qualifying gardening organizations and charities, all we need to do is cover the cost of shipping. A $20 donation gets us 200 seed packets, more than 10 times the amount $20 would normally buy. Help GFGH plan for the long-term future of our gardens by making a donation today.

To Learn more, or to find potential volunteer opportunities, visit:

Contributors Editor Max Webster Writers Jack Frye Max Webster

Interested in contributing to Grow Food, Grow Hope Publications? Contact Max Webster at or call at 937-382-6661 ext. 693


In 2012, we lost a cherished member of our community garden family. Fred Krisher, a Wilmington College alumnus and trustee, had been with our program since the beginning, sharing his knowledge and love of gardening with our participants as a mentor. Fred not only enjoyed sharing his knowledge of gardening but also his love for the land and the personal satisfaction one receives from working in service to others. He imparted his passion for gardening and for his community to those around him. Always eager to contribute to the community garden, we are incredibly grateful he chose to spend his time with us. In memory of Fred, an endowment was established, which will create enduring operational support for our program. For information on how you can make a contribution, please contact Grow Food, Grow Hope at (937) 382-6661 extension 321, or send us an email to at:



Thursday September, 20th 2012 5:30 PM Friends of Hope Community Garden on the Campus of Wilmington College Tickets $25
If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Bev Carpenter and the Office of College Advancement by Sept. 13 937-382-6661, ext 273

Thank You Clinton County Homemakers!
On August 24, the Clinton County Homemakers joined with Grow Food, Grow Hope to host a Tomato Preservation workshop at Your Father’s Kitchen. Their leadership and expertise made sure that the event was a great success.

Join Grow Food Grow Hope for a guided bike tour of Clinton County farms! This year's route covers 36 Miles and makes stops at 6 of Clinton County's finest farms. Pre-registration entry fees are $20 or $25 the day of the event. College students pay $10 when they pre-register or $15 on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit GFGH. So come out and cycle with your friends and neighbors while learning more about local farmers!
To pick up a registration form, contact Nellie Ashmore at or (937)-382-6661 ext. 693. 5

Max Webster, AmeriCorps VISTA
Ever bundle up in anticipation of another brisk autumn day only to walk through the front door and find the temperatures hovering near 80 and calling you to ditch the sweater and the office for a bathing suit, a day outside and one last blast of summer before the cold winter winds move in? When those unseasonable highs stretch on for up to two weeks at a time, that’s what we call an Indian Summer. Don’t let the changing color of the leaves fool you into putting your shorts away too early, an Indian Summer can come on anytime between mid-September and early November. For gardeners, this can be an important seasonal change to recognize. This surprise heat wave often comes as the last chance to harvest the more delicate late summer and fall crops before crippling frosts. In fact, the name itself probably comes from the settlers recognizing that the Native Americans used this period of warmth as sign from Mother Nature to the bring in their crops in and move to winter grounds. That, however, doesn’t mean that an Indian Summer is a weather phenomenon limited only to North America. In Western Europe the seasonal warming is called ‘St. Martin’s Summer,’ while in Russia they call it, ‘Old Ladies Summer,’ in Bulgaria they call it, ‘Gypsy’s Christmas’ and in China they call it ‘A Tiger in Autumn. Shakespeare mentioned it in his plays and It even shows up in the Southern Hemisphere. The Brazilians call it, ‘The Little Summer.’ Whatever you call it, it should be a time when gardeners beware. So, the next time you start shedding jackets and scarfs like the autumn trees shed leaves, think about your last tomatoes, those melons you’ve be waiting on and the potted peppers you have out back, because it’s the last chance you’re going to get.

Lessons from A Community Gardener
Jack Frye, Community Gardener

I want you to see what I see. My garden is a harvest of wonder grown directly from the soil. I see red ripening tomatoes, the purple crowns of turnip tops, and a burst of yellow from a summer squash. Slacking onion stalks and viney beans. All started from the tiny seeds I put into the ground months ago.
This being my first garden season, I began as any new gardener does: tentatively. I relied on the garden staff and the plan they had for a successful season but I don’t know how much trust I really had in what they were telling me when I dropped my first seeds into the soil and watched them blend in and disappear without a trace. I couldn’t help wondering if anything would ever come. They told me that the seeds should be watered immediately, gently to be sure. To me I might as well have just been watering the soil. Could these little things really produce something? Before this gardening season, I thought that I was aware food starts from the soil. But as “food” is seen on the grocery shelf processed beyond recognition, packaged and name branded, I never realized how little I know about where it came from. Even fruits and vegetables come out of grocery bins, disconnected from the source. Somewhere in my head I knew that food starts from the soil but I never gave it much though. It never occurred to me that our food is a product of

Jack receives his graduation certificate after complete the summer gardening season at the Friends of Hope Community Garden.

the earth and our labor. The only way I could come to appreciate that fact was to prepare the soil, plant the seed, water, weed and then wait, hoping for the best. The garden staff and mentors saw that there was fertile ground in me to grow a new gardener, so I kept coming back. I liked the feel of the soil running through my fingers, the smell of good earth and I had the vision of those tiny seeds developing into colorful produce. I picked off insect pests and almost every day, I found myself encouraging my young plants to grow. “C’mon you’re looking good.” See those people who talk to plants aren’t really that weird. Good Heavens I’ve become one of

them! Among the sights and sounds of the garden that seems like sunshine itself is that of children enjoying its benefits. Everything good about gardening is good for kids. Having a hard time getting kids to eat veggies? I know by observation that they will eat what they grow and harvest. I can’t get over how them as children and me as an adult are sharing together in the wonder of this gardening experience for the first time. Then, in season comes the harvest. Those tiny seeds I wondered about? The ones that just disappeared into the soil? That I despaired about and that gave me hope? Eventually they did become

radishes, turnips, and beans. From seeds to small plants to ones that produce onions, tomatoes, squash and melons. In that is a harvest feeling. Even as I harvest a variety of produce, I harvest also a feeling of victory and accomplishment. Just as I have encouraged my plants to work the wonder of growth, they have given me a chance to grow as well. I have that harvest feeling. * Community Gardeners Jack Frye and Bill Limbacher will be presenting on their experiences at the Friends of Hope Community Garden at the Farm to Table Dinner to Benefit Grow Food, Grow Hope, September 20th.


Butternut Squash is a great late-season crop that misses a spot on the dinner plate all too often. many varieties of squash we have today. Butternuts developed from the vine into an oblong shape with Like all squash, Butyellow skin and an ternuts were first culorange fleshy core that tivated in the tropics is very rich and sweet by Native Americans. and not unlike that of a pumpkin or a sweet poWhen the seeds moved north through trade, the plants took on different tato. Simply, cut the fruit in half, scoop out the seeds, season to your flavor and bake for 45 characteristics as they were cultivated and minutes for an easy complement to any meal. adapted to cooler climates leaving us with the

Oven-Caramelized Butternut Squash
Ingredients: 1 Butternut Squash Half a stick of butter 1/8 a cup of Brown Sugar 1/2 a Teaspoon of Salt 1/2 a Teaspoon of Pepper Directions: Preheat Oven to 400 degrees Cut Butternut Squash in Half and scoop out the core being careful to remove all of the seeds Cut the squash core into small cubes and place them on a baking sheet Melt butter on stovetop and combine brown sugar, salt and pepper. When everything is liquefied , pour over the cut squash on the baking pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes turning the squash a few times while roasting so that it browns evenly. Remove from the oven and serve

Did you Know?

Australians and New Zealanders consider Butternut Squash to be a pumpkin.


Grow Food, Grow Hope is a Wilmington College sponsored initiative dedicated to making fresh and nutritious foods more accessible to the neediest members of our community. We believe that by growing a little food, we can sow a lot of hope.
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