Another Harvest Season Winds Down
Here in the North Country, the harvest season has mostly wound down and we are beginning to enjoy our storage crops and food that is not quite as local, perhaps. This was a tough growing season, with the cool and wet summer. But then we had summer crops well into October because of the warm weather this fall.

The end of farmers market season does not mean that we are not busy, though! All of us at GardenShare are working on plans for next year's Local Food Guide, farmers markets, and other events and activities.

We're especially excited to announce a grant from the USDA's Local Food Promotion Program to allow GardenShare to undertake a feasibility study to determine if a mobile farmers market might be a viable way for us to serve more farmers and to reach people in more remote parts of St. Lawrence County. Stay tuned for more details!
Saluting Our Volunteers

Please join us on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 5:30 as we honor the many volunteers who are helping us fight hunger in the North Country.  

The event will be held at the United Methodist Church on Court Street in Canton (rear entrance). Hope to see you there!
AmeriCorps Volunteers Serving GardenShare

Did you know that GardenShare has had AmeriCorps volunteers involved in our mission for the last year? These volunteers make a one-year commitment to full-time work at a nonprofit organization and in return receive a small living allowance from AmeriCorps and some assistance at the end of their term.

Brianna Blackburn has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for GardenShare since last fall. How quickly a year flies by and Brianna's last day with us in November 3. While here, Brianna worked on volunteer recruitment, farmers market promotion, and strengthening our work to tell the story of GardenShare in the community.  Read what Brianna was thinking as she started out on this journey and her reflections now that her year at GardenShare is winding down.

Maggie Smith started her year with GardenShare around the end of August. She will also be working on farmers market promotion and volunteer engagement, and she will be exploring summer food for children and how we might do a better job of making sure all of our kids have enough to eat when school is out for the summer. Read more about Maggie in her introductory blog entry.

Both AmeriCorps volunteers were interviewed by NCPR in September.  Check it out!

Brianna, we are going to miss you and  wish you all the best!  Maggie, we are looking forward to working with you for the balance of your year with us.

And, on a less positive note, we learned recently that the program under which Brianna and Maggie are serving, the Anti-Hunger Opportunity Corps, is being discontinued by the federal government. To learn more and how you can express your concern about this, go here.
News in Brief

Sharing Thanksgiving - As we share our many blessings this year and celebrate with family and friends, let's also remember to take a moment to share something with our favorite charities!

Giving Tuesday - This effort to raise awareness of our local charities and their needs started a few years ago as a follow-up to the shopping frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Take a few minutes on November 28 to support your favorite charities! You can donate to GardenShare here!

Cabin Fever Trivia Night - Save the date - March 10, 2018 - for GardenShare's Trivia Night fundraiser.  It's a chance to get out and have some fun in the gray months of winter and raise some money for a good cause!
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