Solstice and Solace

A bit of a deep freeze overnight, but this cabbage can shake off the cold.
A bit of a deep freeze overnight 12/13/12, but this cabbage can shake off the cold.

The Winter solstice (12/21/12) can be associated with darkness and cold, but recognition of the Winter solstice traditionally celebrates the return of light, as the amount of sunlight each subsequent day gradually lengthens.
“Solace” means comfort and consolation. In this case solace certainly can come from our reflection on a successful year at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, and the promise of more growth can propel us beyond the occasional gloom of winter.
The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is designed to provide fresh vegetables to FeedMore, specifically FeedMore’s Community Kitchen, for the preparation of meals used in the Meals on Wheels and after-school feeding programs.
More than 300 individual volunteers contributed nearly 2,000 hours of labor to drive the garden’s 2012 level of success. Here are a few additional data points:

12,454 pounds of high quality, mostly organic fresh vegetables. The number of meals is based on a USDA factor (1.3 lbs. of vegetables constitutes a meal equivalent).
12,454 pounds of high quality, mostly organic fresh vegetables. The number of meals is based on a USDA factor (1.3 lbs. of vegetables constitutes a meal equivalent).

Don't you wish your financial advisor could give you double- and triple-digit growth numbers like these?
Don’t you wish your financial advisor could give you double- and triple-digit growth numbers like these?

Increased plant diversity, from five basic vegetable types to seventeen (not including herbs and herbaceous perennials).
Increased plant diversity, from five basic vegetable types to seventeen (not including herbs and herbaceous perennials).

Our final CKG volunteer group for 2012. From left: Nack Pring, Devan Fishburne, Michael Gunlicks, Felicia Fishburne, John Jamieson, Jean Stephens, Faith Tyler.
Our final CKG volunteer group for 2012. From left: Nack Pring, Devan Fishburne, Michael Gunlicks, Felicia Fishburne, John Jamieson, Jean Stephens, Faith Tyler.

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