Expanding the Bonus Bucks Program

Low-income and working families will now have three options to get help to purchase food from local farmers:

CSA's - Households who would like to purchase a share in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm and are income-eligible may get half of their CSA share cost (up to a maximum of $250) subsidized by GardenShare.

Two Options at the Farmers Markets - 
  • Households receiving SNAP benefits will be able to use those benefits at the farmers markets in St. Lawrence County and GardenShare will double their purchasing power.
  • Households who do not receive SNAP but meet GardenShare's income eligibility may purchase $10 worth of farmers market tokens for just $5 from GardenShare.
Full details and application can be found  here.

Generous funding from the St. Lawrence Health Initiative, Alcoa Foundation, and people like you makes this program possible and will help area families get healthy, locally grown food, while also supporting local farmers.

GardenShare's goal with this program expansion is to reach working families whose income may be too high to be eligible for other programs like SNAP, and who are still struggling to put healthy food on the table.

Donate now to help low-income and working families access local food!
The 2016 cover photo was taken by Debbie Thacker.
Local Food Guide

Planning is well underway for the 2017 edition of the Local Food Guide.  Here's what you need to know:

Farm Listings Listings for farms range from no cost to $25. 

AdvertisingAdvertisements in the Guide range from $100 to $500, with 10,000 copies distributed around St. Lawrence County.  

To learn more about advertising or being listed in GardenShare's St. Lawrence County Local Food Guide, click here, call 315-261-8054, or email  office@gardenshare.org .  Deadline for reserving listings and advertisements is March 3, 2017, with final copy due by March 31.

Cover Art Contest - GardenShare is running a contest for the cover of the 2017 Local Food Guide. Artwork to be considered can include photography or any two-dimensional piece that can be re-printed. Artwork should illustrate the variety of local food available in the region. To enter, send a high resolution file to office@gardenshare.org by March 31, 2017.
Cabin Fever Trivia Night
Saturday, March 18, 2017
7:00 PM
Potsdam Elks Club
10 Elm Street, Potsdam

Admission $20 per person - $10 for students
Compete in teams of four

Put together a team of four or we'll help match you with a team  and join us for a raucous night of good fun for a good cause! 

Great prizes for....
1st and 2nd place team in the trivia contest
Best team name and best team uniform

Special thanks to our presenting sponsors for this event:

And thanks to our partnership sponsor:           

And friend sponsors Mort Backus and Sons and Sandstone Family Dentistry.

Sign up now before the event sells out!
News in Brief

Volunteers needed!
  • Campus Kitchens needs volunteers to help prepare and serve a meal on Monday, March 20, when the students are on spring break.  Go here to see the shifts and locations and to sign up.
  • Church and Community Program needs volunteers every Monday morning from 8:45 to 9:15 to unload a regular food delivery.  Volunteers could stay longer, but could also just spend that half hour to help with the unloading.  Feel free to call Church and Community program at 315-386-3534 or just drop in!
Maple Weekends are coming up.  March 18-19 and 25-26 will see many local sugar houses open to the public with tours and other activities.  A good chance to get out and learn more about this important local industry!

Cornell Gardening Classes -  Cornell Cooperative Extension is pleased to offer a three-part gardening series entitled "Pepper Pointers, Garlic Guidance and Asparagus Tips." The series will meet Wednesdays,  March 1 , 8, and 15 from  6 to 8 p.m.,  at Gouverneur High School. Cost is $10 per class, or $25 for the whole series. More information here

Local Living Venture Workshops - LLV has upcoming workshops on bees and beekeeping, shitake mushrooms, starting seedlings indoors, and other topics. Visit http://locallivingventure.org/ for a full schedule and sign-up information.

Have you purchased your CSA share for 2017 yet?  Check out Gloria's interview on Channel 7 and t he  newspaper article  about National CSA Day last week.

Save the date  - For GardenShare's fundraising dinner and auction at Jake's on the Water - June 6, 2017 - and watch for more details.   Want to help plan the event or have something to donate for the auction?   Get in touch !
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