Arlington Community Garden has a new Grower! 

Welcome to our new grower, Nichole Butterman! She will be working with the JU students and is looking forward to setting up some UUCJ volunteer days (TBA). We also want to thank Alice Shinkos for being our grower from April 2018 to April 2019. She will continue to help with the garden as her time permits. We are very fortunate to have these talented ladies involved in our UUCJ project!

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, March 30th at  10:00 a.m. Tree Hill/Arlington Community Garden Outing!

Green Sanctuary (GS) will be leading its first outing of 2019 to Tree Hill Nature Center and UUCJ’s organic vegetable garden (growing food for pantries, a GS project). We will meet at the garden site where our assistant grower will show us what is happening at the garden, then Mark Mummaw, Executive Director of Tree Hill, will take us on a tour of the Tree Hill campus and the indoor learning center. Tree Hill is our partner in the garden project and a hidden gem, a beautiful nature center right next door to us! Come see what we have right in our back yard! No reservations needed, just show up. Meet at 9:30 at UUCJ if you are not sure where the garden (amphitheater) parking lot is and we will caravan together.

3001 Pounds of Groceries!

Wow! You did it. You contributed 3001 pounds of groceries to Arlington Food Pantry. This is 50% increase over 2016 contributions. Please pat yourselves on the back for your efforts. The goal was arbitrary but showed the importance of a goal. What should our gal be for 2018?

This measurement of contributions does not include the contributions of Arlington Community Garden, which is a joint project with Tree Hill Nature Center where the garden resides.

Closing Strong on 3,000 Pounds – Don’t forget special collection for Arlington Community Services!

While we still want to reach 3,000 pounds hopefully this Sunday, the focus of this collection is to raise cash for Arlington Community Services (ACS).  ACS does more than manage a food pantry for its neediest residents .  They have recreational activities as well as academic and social counseling.  While they have limited funding, they also assist their clients with overdue bills when resources are available.  We are trying to fund this basket of services with the Special Collection so we are looking for as much cash as you can part with.  When locals come to UUCJ for help, we refer them to Arlington Community Services.  Before starting special collections program, we use to budget $1,000 in our the UUCJ annual budget.  We now have special collection in lieu of the budget item.  Yes, also bring the food if you can.

Arlington Food Bank Update

We are on pace to donate 1500 pounds of foodstuffs by June 30.  We are currently at 1440 pounds as of June 12 delivery to ACS Food Bank.

If we keep this pace, we can make 3,000 pounds by December 31.  We did little over 2,000 last year and that required a last minute run to BJ’s.  Keep up the good work and thanks for your generosity to those in need.

Garden Work Day

Saturday, February 11th (10-1)

Meet at UUCJ’s garden (growing food for pantries) located at Tree Hill Nature Center (7152 Lone Star Road 32211-East Entrance) to help us tend the beds. Tools provided. Bathrooms on site. Wear work clothes and bring gloves if you have them. The more help we have, the more food we can grow!