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This summer we grew three gardens totaling 1.

5 acres on the property of Victor and


Nora Scherzinger and Bob Lynn and Janet Braziel. Like 2010, the 2011 growing
season got off to a rocky start. We had a late frost in May that killed half of our
early tomatoes, in June we had record wind and we had record heat and drought
conditions all summer. As a result, our tomatoes were not as productive as last
year, the fruit was unusually small and our early tomato varieties developed
blossom end rot.
However, despite the rocky start, the gardens did pretty well. Our total harvest was
45,400 pounds. During peak harvest, we distributed fresh produce to ten food
pantries and one soup kitchen
Storehouse West
Rio Grande Food Project
St. John's Episcopal Food Pantry
Casa Rosa Food Pantry in Placitas
Corrales Food Pantry
Maggie Cordova School Food Pantry in Rio Rancho
People Helping People in Rio Rancho
Jewish Family Services Food Pantry
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Bernalillo
St. Anthony's Soup Kitchen in Bernalillo
Crop

2011
Quanti
ty*

Tomatoes
Green
Beans
Cucumbers

5355

Zucchini
Crookneck
Squash
Watermelon
s

3590

Cantaloupe
Pumpkin

507

Apples
Pears
Green Chile
Eggplant
Onions/Leek
s
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli
Bell
Peppers

112

Pound
s
21,991.
50
2,100.5
0
3,748.5
0
4,366.5
0

2010

$1.75

lb

$1.50

lb

$0.50

ea

$0.88

lb

Approx
Value
$38,485
.13
$3,150.
75
$2,677.
28
$3,842.
52

$0.50

lb

$1,539.
25

$0.50
$0.99

lb
lb

$0.99
$0.99

lb
lb

$0.99
$0.99

lb
lb

21.00

$0.50

lb

$10.50

223.50
724.00
247.50

$3.00
$0.60
$0.99

lb
lb
lb

$670.50
$434.40
$245.03

3,078.5
0
1,802.0
0
22.00
1,495.5
0
262.50
2,494.5
0
22.00

Approx Price

$901.00
$21.78
$1,480.
55
$259.88
$2,469.
56
$21.78

Quant
ity

2317

Pound
s
20,773.
00
3,097.0
0
1,198.5
0
2,818.0
0

401

194.00

$0.99

lb

$192.06

227

807.50

$1.50

ea

$340.50

2112

195.00
415

$0.99
$1.99

lb
lb

$193.05
$825.85

59

$0.69

lb

$40.71

531.50

$0.50

ea

1712

1539

$1.75

lb

$1.50

lb

$0.99

ea

$0.99

lb

Approx
Value
$36,352
.75
$4,645.
50
$1,694.
88
$2,789.
82

Approx Price

$769.50

Carrots
Misc
Gleaned
Produce
Swiss Chard
(Gleaned)
Bok Choy
(Gleaned)

$0.00
2,799.0
0

9,563

45,399
.00

**

446.00

$1.29

2 lb

$287.67

59.00

$1.99

lb

$117.41

107.50
30,701
.00

$1.99

lb

$213.93
$48,46
3.63

$5,220.
14

$61,43
0.02

8,308

* Quantity for 2011 was estimated based on the ratio of 2010 quantity to pounds. We did not count
the produce in 2011.
** The value of misc gleaned produce assumed that half was tomatoes and half was squash

Plans/Goals for 2012


Erect a greenhouse - we have enough money left over from 2011 donations to
purchase a greenhouse. Our plan is to purchase a greenhouse kit while they are on
sale in November and December and to put it up early next spring. Our goal is to
raise 5000-6000 seedlings.
Purchase or rent a plastic mulch layer - this is a piece of equipment that is
pulled behind a tractor. It lays the irrigation system and covers the row with plastic
mulch in one pass. There are several advantages to using plastic mulch.
There have been periods when volunteer turnout has been low. In order to
continue expanding the gardens, we need to implement some farming
practices that reduce manual labor. Most of our crops are suitable for
planting in plastic mulch and plastic mulch reduces weeding.
Covering the irrigation system with plastic mulch reduces damage from mice,
ground squirrels and other small animals
Plastic mulch retains moisture
Form our own 501c3 - Right now Seed2Need is organized as a separate project
under the fiscal sponsorship of Rio Grande Food Project, a food pantry in Bernalillo
County. My objectives for setting up a separate non-profit are to
1. associate this project more closely with the village of Corrales. I would like this
to be a project that the Village is known for and that Corrales residents take pride in.
With so much vacant, irrigated land available, Corrales is uniquely suited to this
type of project.
2. give Seed2Need more autonomy to distribute the produce to food pantries in
Sandoval Co based on number of families served.
3. provide more flexibility in applying for grants. Right now Seed2Need can not
apply for grants without permission from Rio Grande Food Project, our fiscal sponsor.
Since we are treated as the same entity, both Seed2Need and Rio Grande Food
Project can not apply for the same grant.

4. I would like to provide more separation between the project and the Davis
family. I enjoy this project and all of the people involved in it but if health issues or
something else were to prevent us from serving in a lead role, I would like to have a
board who would ensure that the project goes on.
Donate 50,000-60,000 pounds of produce in 2012 - We will grow the majority
of the vegetables. The rest would either be gleaned or donated by customers and
vendors at the Corrales Grower's Market.