HHuGE Wagon Update: New Hours & Volunteer Opportunity

HHuGE Wagon Hours Are Changing!
By HHuGE Coordinator, Janet Henderson

(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Hi! I am Janet Henderson, the new Hilltown Home Garden Exchange (HHuGE) Wagon coordinator, and I am writing to let you know that, because the produce in the wagon is not lasting in this heat (and other issues), the hours the wagon is open are changing.

The new hours are:

  • Fridays from 5pm-8pm
  • Saturday from 9am-8pm

If you have extra produce to leave off at the wagon, please do so during these times. And, please, regardless of whether you have anything to donate, do take advantage of the large amount of produce that is being left and take whatever you can use. The produce is available to all.

Also, please let others know about the new hours. I don’t want people to be frustrated going there only to find it closed. I will also post the new hours on the wagon.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

If you would be available to help open the wagon on Friday evenings (around 5PM) or to close it on Fridays (after 8PM) or to open it on Saturday mornings (before 9AM), please let me know (bellajanet27@gmail.com). I could use the help. Opening the wagon should only take a few minutes, but closing it may take a little longer, since any wilted produce needs to be removed and any bags, boxes, buckets, etc. need to be tidied. The main qualification for this volunteer opportunity is dependability.

Thank you for helping to make the HHuGE wagon a success in providing free fresh produce to people in the area!  Find out more about HHuGE at www.HHuGE.org

Update on Hilltown Home Garden Exchange (HHuGE)

Update on Hilltown Home Garden Exchange (HHuGE)
By HHuGE Coordinator, Kathy McMahon

We were in the Chesterfield Parade on the Fourth of July, (dressed as farmers and vegetables) and handed out produce to the crowd. We won Fourth Place!!!! Many people had ALREADY heard about us, so we're getting around!!! Wonderful coverage in the Country Journal as well, complete with evidential photography! (Photo credit: Jennifer Peotter)

WHAT IS HHuGE? In a nutshell

  • Bringing family gardeners together to donate their excess bounty – in trade or just to help local families in need.
  • Nature is abundant, just not evenly distributed.
  • Sharing fresh, wholesome produce is the neighborly thing to do!

UPDATES: A few quick updates about the happenings with HHuGE

  1. Our Grand Opening is Monday, July 20, 2009. Please stop by and take a look! We’ll be in the Old Creamery parking lot on the corners of Rte 9 and Rte 112, Cummington, MA.
  2. We are needing volunteers to help paint our ‘wagon.’ It needs to be primed in the next few days and final paint put on before Monday. If you can help between now and then, please contact me (Kathy- 634-0002.) We need your help with priming and putting on the final touches!
  3. We have a website now, and a calendar of events. See www.HHuGE.org and click “calendar” to see the weeks we have open weeks. If you can get a group of friends or an organization to open and close the wagon for one week, let me know. It is a job that will take less than 10 minutes.
  4. We were in the Chesterfield Parade on the Fourth of July, (dressed as farmers and vegetables) and handed out produce to the crowd. We won Fourth Place!!!! Many people had ALREADY heard about us, so we’re getting around!!! Wonderful coverage in the Country Journal as well, complete with evidential photography!
  5. If you haven’t already, it isn’t too late to Take the Lead, Plant More Seed. If we ever DO get a steady week of heat, consider planting a whole host of plants like carrots, lettuce, kale, radishes, swiss chard, and the like. Consider helping those facing hard times, and creating the sharing spirit for which the hilltowns are so famous for.

TIP OF THE HAT:  A Word of Thanks

HAVE WE MISSED YOU?

We’d like to involve all area churches and organizations that are invested in improved food security in the hilltowns. If you’d like to get involved, please let us know.

We ask anyone interested in coordinating their civic or religious organization’s participation to contact Kathy at peakshrink@peakoilblues.com for more details. All volunteers: Please stay tune for a late summer party held just for you (you’re the greatest!!!) celebrating our upcoming success!!!

PILOT PROGRAM

If you know of folks that would like to participate in this pilot program (to adopt it into their own town next year…) have them contact Kathy McMahon at peakshrink@peakoilblues.com

Thank you for your time reading this, and for your interest in caring for your friends and neighbors in these wonderful hilltowns.

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