A couple of years ago, when Trinity started planting tomatoes, we also started a tomato blog. And now it's back as part of our web site, as our tomato garden grows in exciting ways.
In looking at our program of tomato growing, we have learned a thing of two over the past two years. We start out great, planting beautiful tomato plants. But because we are small, we fall down in the daily and weekly tasks of weeding, watering, and harvesting. We felt we were doing God's work, but we needed help in fulfilling it.
This year, we are partnering with Arlington Eats, a local group whose mission is to make sure Arlington kids are not hungry. Working mainly through Thompson School in Arlington, the group makes sure that kids who qualify for free lunch have food over school vacations and the summer. They're really good at signing up volunteers, and have a Signup Genius page up and running for us. They're very happy to help us grow the tomatoes, and to help us distribute the fruits of our harvest.
We announced our partnership at a meeting of Arlington ACTS -- Arlington Congregations Together Serving -- a group of congregations aiding Arlington Eats, the Arlington Food Pantry, and the Housing Corporation of Arlington. They were delighted. At that point, we hand't bought any tomato plants, and they had a great suggestion: one member of Arlington ACTS was also a member of Menotomy Gardeners, and she would contact members to see if they had any leftover tomato plants from the seedlings they had started.
Well, the gardeners certainly came through, and with one email forwarded to Lexington Community Farm, we found ourselves with more than 40 tomato plants, two dozen from LexFarm alone.
We're tilling and planting today. We have lots of open spaces on the SignUp Genius. We'd love to have you come down and help as we begin this new chapter in Trinity's tomato ministry.