WNCT-9 and WCTI-12 both aired stories of the planting at OVB Garden Camp Seafarer last Friday. Ellen Bacca, Channel 12 meteorologist, and Maria Satira, Channel 9 weekend anchor, both covered the event and filed on-air and website stories with video footage.
To view their stories, click on the link to the left to the OVB Facebook page, or find them on the links at left to the stations’ websites.
Between March 14 and March 22, six of the seven Operation Veggie Box (OVB) spring gardens were planted with cabbage and lettuce. Each of those gardens now has 500 cabbage plants and 100 lettuce plants.
The youth of Bethany Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Arapahoe, planted 900 cabbage plants and 200 lettuce plants in OVB Gardens Bethany #1 and #2 March 14. On March 22, Bethany adult volunteers planted the remaining 100 cabbage plants in OVB Garden Bethany #2 and 500 cabbage plants plus 100 lettuce plants in OVB Garden Bethany #3.
Ninth-grade students at Arapahoe Charter School planted the OVB Garden ACS the morning of March 21, while volunteers from Camp Seafarer, Camp Sea Gull, Silver Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church, Arapahoe United Methodist Church, Bethany and others from the Pamlico County community planted the OVB Garden Camp Seafarer.
The following day volunteers from the Vandemere community planted the OVB Garden Vandemere.
OVB Garden Meals on Wheels at the county Senior Citizens Center had been scheduled for planting March 22 as well, but the wet conditions there required a postponement until March 29.
The cabbage and lettuce planted can survive in cold weather conditions, but other vegetables not as cold tolerant will be planted after the threat of frost has passed in mid-April.
Produce from the seven OVB gardens will be delivered at harvest to Fishes and Loaves food pantry in Oriental, Religious Community Services food pantry and soup kitchen in New Bern, Havelock/Cherry Point Ministerial Outreach food pantry, and the newly established Reelsboro United Christian Services (RUCS) food pantry.
Buck Jones fertilized and rowed up the three OVB gardens on River Road this morning just ahead of the predicted inclement weather.
After the storm, the state of the gardens will be assessed. They may need to be drained to the ditch and/or rowed up again.
But thanks to Don Lee Farms, Inc. and Neuse River Turf Farm, we are moving ahead to planting cabbage at 8 A.M. Saturday, March 22. Please mark that date on your calendar and plan to be part of the fun!
Spring is here and OVB is getting ready for planting!
By March 22 Operation Veggie Box and its partner churches and organizations will have planted 5 to 7 gardens in Pamlico County. Vegetables from these gardens will go to food pantries in Oriental, Reelsboro, New Bern, and Havelock. OVB is now realizing growth in its core ministry activities.
We are hoping to produce over 3,000 pounds of vegetables per garden at a delivered cost of $.10 per pound. Our standard garden size is 10 rows, each 100 feet long. If we are able to produce this amount we will increase our yield by over 75% over our fall 2013 garden and reduce the cost by over 50%.
There will be much more to come this year including our Veggie JAM!, Corn JAM!, and more.