September is Hunger Action Month.  How will you get involved?

September is Hunger Action Month
September is national Hunger Action Monthâ„¢, an opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to ensure all Americans, including our neighbors here in the North Country, have access to a healthy and nutritious diet. Whether it's by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that's right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger.

Check out GardenShare's 2016 Hunger Action Month Calendar for ways you can be involved in the work to solve the problem of hunger here in the North Country.

Fight Hunger 5K

September 11, 2016
Second annual Fight Hunger 5K
Race - Fun Run - Walkathon
At the Remington Trail in Canton
Registration at 12:30 PM, Walkers leave at 1:00, Runners leave at 1:30
Run, walk, pull the kids in a wagon or push a stroller - whatever works for you!  Join us to raise awareness of the issue of hunger and funds for GardenShare.
How to get started:

Either fly solo or gather a team from work, school, or your place of worship!

Download the  registration form and start asking friends, family, classmates, and co-workers to make a donation to sponsor you.

Alternatively, you can go  here to register and create an online fundraising page and e-mail a link to friends, family, and others to ask for secure donations to be made directly to GardenShare.

On September 11, d ress for the weather!  Th e best parking for the event will be behind Maplewood on State Street Road just outside of the Village of Canton.  Follow the signs for parking and then the footpath to the picnic pavilion where registration will take place.  Bring your signed  registration form  and any cash or checks you have collected with you.
Farmers Markets Still Going Strong

September is still a busy time at our local farmers markets, with lots of produce available.  You are likely to find:  Apples, b eans, beets, berrries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, kale, leeks,lettuce, melons,  onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, and turnips are all likely.  In addition, the markets frequently have other food, such as maple syrup, honey, and baked goods, and also local wine and craft vendors.
  • Canton - at the village park, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 2:00
  • Gouverneur - at the village park every Thursday from 9:00 to 2:00 
  • Hammond - at the Hammond Museum, Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 until September 28
  • Massena - at Danforth Place, Sundays and Thursdays 10:00 to 2:00
  • Potsdam - at Ives Park every Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00
Remember that debit and credit cards and SNAP EBT cards are welcome at all the farmers markets in St. Lawrence County.

Have you shopped at a St. Lawrence County farmers market this summer?  Give us some feedback with our market customer survey!
GardenShare is Hiring!

GardenShare is seeking qualified applicants for two positions:

  • We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator.  This is a 30-hour per week position with responsibilities for recruiting volunteers to help promote SNAP at the farmers markets and other volunteer positions.  Applications are due September 13.  More information and instructions on how to apply are here.
  • GardenShare has recently been approved for an Americorps volunteer.  This full-time position, which includes a stipend living allowance, will start in November, but the application process is now, with applications due September 6.  Go here for more details.
Growing Community Award Nominations Sought

Each year GardenShare recognizes an individual or organization whose efforts strengthen food security in northern New York State with the Growing Community Award.  Past recipients have included farmers, food service staff, a food bank, community groups, and others.  Individuals, families, or organizations who are making progress in solving the problem of hunger through policy and advocacy work or by building a stronger food system to better serve all North Country residents may be nominated for this recognition. 

Go   here to submit a nomination.  Nominations are due October 1.

News in Brief

Welcome to our fall interns. 

  • Julia is a senior at SLU majoring in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Studies.  She'll be working on farmers market promotion and evaluation.
  • Jamie is a senior at SLU, majoring in Environmental Studies and Government.  Among other projects, she will be working on developing a new youth education program.

It's not too late to add another intern for the fall, if you know anyone who is looking!


Look for GardenShare at the upcoming events:
  • United Way kick-off at Corning on September 7.
  • Harvest Festival in Massena on October 8.

Have you been wanting to experience GardenShare's Hunger 101 program?  Join Gloria as she presents it at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton on Sunday, September 25, at noon.
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