Gardeners Team Up to Grow 60,000 Pounds of Produce for New Mexico Food Pantries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn 2008 Leslie Davis suggested to her mother, a Master Gardener in New Mexico, that in addition to cultivating flowers for worthy causes, she might try growing fresh produce for the community, especially since the recent recession had left so many people unemployed and so many food pantries overburdened.That discussion five years ago grew like a seed into a thriving bounty of volunteers who harvest thousands of pounds of produce, sometimes in a singe weekend, for people in need.Led by Penny Davis and dozens of Sandoval County Master Gardeners, the happy band of do-gooders labor to feed their neighbors under the non-profit banner Seed2Need. (Watch a video at the bottom) 80 of them recently gave up their Saturday in the town of Corrales, near Albuquerque, to sit in the dirt planting the seedlings that would grow to fill two lush acres with tomatoes, green chiles, cucumbers, melons, green beans, carrots and zucchini. The project originally started with a small plot of land donated in the nieghbor’s horse corral but now the group works in a large irrigated field where boy scouts, families and retired folks together can plant and cover 2000 tomato plants in just over two hours. Two weeks later 3500 green chile plants were also dug in.“It was a demonstration of the power of teamwork,” said Penny, who last year saw their labor of love generate a whopping 65,200 pounds of fruit and vegetables, with an estimated market value of $82,000. All of it was was donated fresh off the vine to fifteen food assistance programs in Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties.“It’s so fresh that dirt is still clinging to the tomatoes,” says Leslie Davis who moved back to the state after leaving her old job. The social camaraderie and sense of helping others has sparked a passion in the younger Davis.She recounted with pride the story of a local man who owned an orchard. Last fall he offered 80 pristine trees to Seed2Need for the picking. A group of high school students had to go back three times to finish collecting the 11,000 pounds of flawless apples. Participating food pantries were overwhelmed with apples in the first week. There were so many that the central food bank of New Mexico was called in to distribute to other regional pantries.“Two to three hours and all of a sudden you have 4000 pounds,” Leslie Davis told the Good News Network. “They had to send a huge truck.”To keep down the costs and control quality the Master Gardeners grow their own seedlings in a greenhouse that, of course, was built and assembled by volunteers. With the tending of their skilled hands, the healthy organic plants thrive.“Little cub scouts are hidden by these bushes picking from tomato plants that are 5-and-a-half-feet tall,” recalls Leslie, who has noticed over the years of volunteering, the little boys growing up, too.Seed2Need also provides an easy drop point for residents and farmers in late summer looking to unload their excess harvest. Tons of produce were collected this way last year both at the Corrales farmers market and from individual donations.With the ongoing drought in the Southwest, the cost of produce is likely to climb, making projects like these crucial to those facing food insecurity.If you would like more information, or would like to help, please visit their website at www.Seed2Need.us or visit the Seed2Need Facebook page.Photo credits: Seed2NeedAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


James T. Lane, Bonnie Milligan & More to Star in Encores! Off-Center’s Promenade

first_imgJames T. Lane(Photo provided by Polk and Co.) Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming Encores! Off-Center staging of Al Carmines and Maria Irene Fornés’ 1969 musical Promenade. The previously announced two-night production, directed by Laurie Woolery, choreographed by Hope Boykin and music-directed by Greg Jarrett, will run at New York City Center on July 10 and 11.The company will include James T. Lane (Kiss Me, Kate!) as 105 and Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) as Miss Cake, with Mark Bedard (Pride and Prejudice) as Jailer, Becca Blackwell (Hurricane Diane) as Mayor, Eddie Cooper (The Cradle Will Rock) as Mr. R, Daniel Everidge (Found) as Mr. T, Carmen Ruby Floyd (After Midnight) as Miss I, Marcy Harriell (Rent) as Miss U, Bryonha Parham (Prince of Broadway) as Servant, Don Darryl Rivera (Aladdin) as Soldier/Driver, Soara-Joye Ross (Les Misérables) as Miss O, Steve Routman (The Shaggs) as Soldier/Injured Man, Saundra Santiago (The Glass Menagerie) as Mother and J.D. Webster (Porgy and Bess) as Mr. S. Casting for the role of 106 will be announced at a later date.Promenade follows two escaped prisoners, known only as 105 (Lane) and 106, as they run through the city, mingling with an assortment of characters from the poor and homeless to the extremely wealthy.Preceding Promenade at Encores! Off-Center will be a new staging of Working (June 26-29); closing out the season will be a production of Road Show (July 24-27). View Commentslast_img read more


Unloved Glasgow mall sells at 5.5% yield

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Appeal for laptop, printer for tutor

first_imgLeslie van Rooyen, right, of Youth 4 Change Global, is trying to get a laptop and printer for tutor Jane van Schalkwyk. A Manenberg organisation has launched a public appeal to get a laptop and a printer for a local tutor. Jane van Schalkwyk is a board member of Youth 4 Change Global run by Leslie van Rooyen.Mr Van Rooyen said he was so impressed with Ms Van Schalkwyk’s work in the community that he wanted to help her and show her special recognition during Women’s Month.Ms Van Schalkwyk moved to Manenberg four years ago to be close to her daughter. She is originally from Namibia and lived in Bloemfontein most of her adult life. After working as a legal secretary for 23 years, she struggled to find work in Cape Town but then a woman in her road asked if she could help her Grade 4 grandchild who could not read.“I got involved with tutoring when my children were still at primary school. It started again when I was approached by the grandmother,” Ms Van Schalkwyk said. “Within six months, the child was able to read, and then we started focusing on other subjects. I got the shock of my life when she passed last year with A and B symbols. She also received a certificate for the best progress made.” Ms Van Schalkwyk lives in the same road as Mr Van Rooyen, and she got involved with his organisation. Apart from serving as a board member she is also a Youth 4 Change education officer.Ms Van Schalkwyk also completed a Wordworks home-based school partnerships programme at Easter Peak Primary School. Wordworks, a non-profit organisation, celebrated her as one of their “early literacy champions” during Women’s Month last year. Ms Van Schalkwyk now tutors 14 children for a nominal fee. “We continued working during lockdown, and I am proud to say all my children excelled during the first term. Classes are huge at schools, and sometimes the teachers rush through the curriculum. I take my time with them and we will not move on until the child understands the work completely. I am very strict and don’t believe in spoon-feeding.”Taryn Philander said her sons’ school work had improved a lot after Ms Van Schalkwyk had started tutoring them.“My eldest son moved from an Afrikaans-medium school to an English medium, and he struggled to adjust. Jane, being fully bilingual, helped him with his languages. He made a huge improvement… She also assisted our younger son with his mathematics. She makes it fun for them.”Allan Thompson, another parent, said Ms Van Schalkwyk did “incredible work”.“She helps the children with more than just school work. She is almost like a social worker or another mother to them. She always gives us as parents feedback and my child has improved so much,” he said.If you can assist, contact Mr Van Rooyen at 065 883 5091, Ms Van Schalkwyk at 064 404 8443 or email [email protected]last_img read more


Aeroflex Adds 26.5 GHz Capability to the 7700 Integrated Microwave Test System

first_imgAeroflex has introduced a 26.5 GHz high-frequency extension for the 7700 Integrated Microwave Test System. The 7700 frequency extension increases the frequency coverage of its test system from 6 GHz to 26.5 GHz, which will address the growing need for a compact, economical, high-frequency bench-top microwave test system. Its unique synthetic architecture and modular building-block design allows for a faster measurement throughput over conventional instrument-based systems while also providing improved flexibility and enhanced configuration options.The 7700 also comes with several standard built-in measurements, test executive software, and reporting tools to accelerate automated test development. The new product capability provides customers with a higher frequency range as well as the Aeroflex measurement quality. With the addition of the frequency extension, the 7700 has become a more powerful and complete bench-top test system available on the market today.last_img read more


Sony’s ‘Uncharted 4,’ ‘Last Guardian’ capture E3 attention

first_img Asad Qizilbash, head of software marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America, walks out onstage as graphics from the video game “Dreams” are displayed during the Sony Playstation at E3 2015 news conference at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Adam Boyes, vice president of publisher and developer relations for Sony Computer Entertainment America, discusses the video game “Destiny: The Taken King” at the Sony Playstation at E3 2015 news conference at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Sony kept most of the focus of its trade show presentation on games coming to the PlayStation 4 console, demonstrating such titles on stage as the sci-fi exploration game “No Man’s Sky” and the impressionistic platformer “The Last Guardian,” a title that was originally teased six years ago at E3 2009.“I could not be happier standing here today,” said Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. “You don’t know how long I have waited for this moment.”Sony spent much of its time in the E3 spotlight promoting exclusive content coming to PS4s for such games as the military shooter sequel “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3,” Caped Crusader saga “Batman: Arkham Knight,” Victorian-era stealth game “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” and sci-fi shooter “Destiny.”Alex Evans, co-founder of “LittleBigPlanet” developer Media Molecule, announced his newest creation: “Dreams,” a trippy puppeteering game where users three-dimensionally draw characters and props together.“In 2015, everything is a remix,” said Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans.Other games hyped Monday included a new rendition of “Hitman,” quirky first-person exploration game “Firewatch,” warrior-versus-robots romp “Horizon: Zero Dawn” and a high-definition remake of “Final Fantasy VII.”Yu Suzuki, the director of the beloved “Shenmue” series, came on stage to petition gamers to crowd-fund a “Shenmue 3” nearly 15 years after open-world “Shenmue 2” was released.Project Morpheus, Sony’s virtual reality headset that works in concert with the PS4, was only briefly mentioned during the presentation. The gaming and electronics giant previously announced the VR system would be out in spring 2016 but hasn’t specified a price.Andrew House, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said a multiplayer arena battle game for Morpheus called “Rigs” would be available for attendees to try this week on the floor of the E3 show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.“It’s e-sports, Morpheus-style,” House said.Beyond games, Sony declared it was expanding its PlayStation Vue online TV service to Los Angeles and San Francisco on Monday night, broadening availability from when it launched in March in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. The cable alternative, starting at $50 a month, includes local TV stations affiliated with CBS, NBC, Fox, and pay TV channels such as AMC, Bravo, CNN and Comedy Central. The service is available on PS4 and PlayStation 3 consoles.center_img LOS ANGELES | Nathan Drake is back in action.Sony capped off its game-filled Electronic Entertainment Expo briefing Monday night with a bullet-riddled demonstration of “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” the forthcoming action-adventure starring the charismatic treasure hunter.The preview showed Drake and mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan engaging in a firefight on foot before evading enemies through city streets in a jeep. However, gamers eager to play the latest installment were told they’ll have to wait until 2016.last_img read more


Woods’ foundation to run PGA Tour event at Riviera

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Tiger Woods is going back to the PGA Tour event at Riviera for the first time since 2006.The Tiger Woods Foundation will become the host organization that runs the tournament, which has Hyundai Motor America as the new title sponsor. The PGA Tour said Tuesday that Woods will be the tournament host and become actively involved in the tournament.Riviera is where Woods, who grew up about 45 minutes away, made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur. He missed the cut with rounds of 72-75. “This is a fantastic opportunity for my foundation,” Woods said in a statement.“This is the first PGA Tour event I ever played, and it means a lot to contribute to a community that has supported me and my foundation for more than 20 years. I’m committed to playing in my foundation’s events, and it will be exciting to return to Riviera.” Hyundai previously was the title sponsor at the winners-only event at Kapalua that starts the year (Hyundai Tournament of Champions). It takes over in Los Angeles after Northern Trust moved its title sponsorship to the New York area for the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.“Recognizing Tiger’s ongoing connection to his home state through his foundation, we saw an opportunity to correspond the transition of the tournament operation with the new long-term sponsorship by Hyundai,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said.Hyundai Motor America has headquarters in southern California.The question is when Woods will play. Because of two back surgeries late last year, he has not competed since August and has not indicated when he will return. Riviera has become the anchor of the West Coast Swing toward the end of February.Woods has never missed one of his foundation events except for injury. Along with playing, he donates all his earnings to the foundation.He last played what was then the Nissan Open at Riviera in 2006 when he narrowly made the cut and withdrew the next day with the flu.Taking over at Riviera means the Tiger Woods Foundation still has three PGA Tour events it runs — the Quicken Loans National in the Washington, D.C., area, and the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.It previously had the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston. The tour said its management would take over Boston in 2017, and that the foundation will keep its charitable commitment to the New England area through the Earl Woods Scholarship Program. There are 15 scholars from the New England region, with five more scheduled for the next school year. Still to be determined is the name of the tournament.last_img read more


Women’s football in Afghanistan takes a tumble, issues chained to other sports as well

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State-of-the art mill boosts dairy

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Jobs scheme not working, claims Battin

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Boss knows he’s top dog

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Cregmore/Claregalway U16’s Out To Make History

first_imghttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/DERMOTT+COLL+OTL+FRIDAY.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Cregmore/Claregalway will hope to make it an historic three from three in WFAI National Cups Finals when their U16 team take on Shelbourne in the Semi-Final at the AUL complex on Sunday at 2pm. Already, their U14 and 18 sides have reached national finals on the 26th of March so the hope is that history will be made as no side has ever had three age groups in WFAI Finals in the same year. Dermot Coll is the team manager and he spoke to John Mulliganlast_img read more


Connacht GAA Club Fixtures

first_imgSemi-Finals: Saturday 10th [email protected] 1.30pmKilglass Gaels v Clonbur @ Tuam StadiumA v Balla @ Sligo/Carrick on ShannonFINAL: Saturday 17th November Pre Lim: Sunday 4th November2.00pm: A:  Tourlestrane v Ballintubber @ Enniscrone1.00pm: B: Clann Na Gael v Tír Chonnall Gaels @ Hyde ParkSemi-Finals Sunday 11th November1.30pm – FINISH ON DAYAughawillan v A @ Carrick on ShannonCorofin/MB/Moy v B @ Hyde ParkFINAL: Sunday 25th November MINOR ‘B’ CLUB FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPALL GAMES IN COE – Finish on the DaySemi Finals: Tuesday 30th OctoberClaremorris v Mountbellew/MoyloughTourlestrane v St DominicsFINAL: Friday 2nd November COE AIB CLUB SENIOR FOOTBALLCHAMPIONSHIP AIB CLUB INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALLCHAMPIONSHIPExtra Time in all games – FINISH ON DAYPre Lim: Saturday 3rd November2.00pm: A: Fenagh v Shamrock Gaels @ EnniscroneSemi-Finals Saturday 10th November1.30pm:Fuerty/Oran v Fenagh/Shamrock Gaels @ Hyde Park/Sligo VenueAn Spideal v Belmullet @ Tuam StadiumFINAL: Sunday 18th November Extra Time in all games AIB CLUB INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIPSemi Final: Saturday 9th November1.00pm: Tooreen v St Gabriels @ RuislipFINAL:  Saturday/Sunday 24th /25th NovemberTooreen/St Gabriels v Galway @ Athleague AIB CLUB JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIPExtra Time in all gamesSemi-Finals: Monday 29th  October3.00pmA:  Coolera/Strandhill v Carrick HC @ CarrickFINAL: Saturday 3rd NovemberSligo/Leitrim v Galway @ COE CONNACHT U16 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIPSaturday 3rd November @ COEFINALMeelick/Eyrecourt v Four Roadsprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email MINOR ‘A’ CLUB FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPALL GAMES IN COE – Finish on the DaySemi Finals:  Tuesday 30th October @ 8.30pmWestport v Salthill/KnocknacarraSt Marys v St BrigidsFINAL:  Friday 2nd November @ COE AIB CLUB JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPExtra Time in all gamesPre Lim: Saturday 3rd November2.00pm: Easkey v Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher @ Carrick on Shannonlast_img read more


European clubs call on Fifa not to expand 32-team World Cup

first_imgThe 220-member ECA’s research said European clubs employed 76 percent of players at the 2014 World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes FILE- In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a news briefing ahead of the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia. APNYON, Switzerland—Europe’s top clubs are calling on FIFA President Gianni Infantino not to expand the World Cup from its 32-team format.European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the number of games played each season “has already reached an unacceptable level.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK Rummenigge says he wrote to Infantino on Friday, ahead of a possible Jan. 10 expansion decision by the FIFA Council.Infantino wants 48 teams at the 2026 World Cup, adding 368 players committed to national-team duty for at least one month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliA bigger and more lucrative World Cup would help fulfill Infantino’s election promises to FIFA’s 211 member federations.Rummenigge says “politics and commerce should not be the exclusive priority in football.” Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Leonard scores 26, leads Spurs to 108-101 win over Celtics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are younglast_img read more


‘Relentless’ Hull must take their chances, admits Bruce

first_imgHull City Steve Bruce bemoaned his side’s wasteful finishing as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to fellow Premier League strugglers Leicester City.The Tigers had several opportunities to score throughout the match, with Jake Livermore striking the post and Curtis Davies’ effort scrambled clear off of the line.But Bruce admitted his team, who sit 17th in the table, must begin to take their chances.“We’ve had more chances in that game than we’ve probably had all season,” said Bruce. “It’s been chance after chance, it was relentless and it was just one of those awful afternoons where we haven’t done a lot wrong.“They’ve had one shot at goal and scored. We’ve been camped in their half, hit the post and had one cleared off the line.“But if you’re going to be really critical then at this level you’ve got to take one of those chances.“At this level you don’t have five or six or seven like we’ve had today and unfortunately we’ve missed them and that’s been a problem, especially at home.”last_img read more