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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
MOMS Club: Carrots grow easily, have lots of nutrition
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Some
children,
like
8-year-old Nora Duff of
Gearhart, dug for caterpillars
almost as often as carrots;
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cent-striped one, her peers
dropped everything for a
group inspection.
Backyard bounty
For the second carrot
harvest in 2013, Brim’s
Farm & Garden in Astoria
donated a pound of carrot
seeds to the food bank —
and the MOMS Club has
used those seeds ever since,
which has so far produced
about 10,000 pounds of car-
rots. Last year alone, the
group harvested about 5,000
pounds.
And there’s plenty of
seeds left, so the initial
1-pound donation may end
up producing about 20,000
pounds of carrots, according
to Dusten Martin, food bank
operations manager.
Why carrots? They’re
easy to grow, they have
great nutritional value, and
they’re widely appealing to
children and adults, he said.
The MOMS Club plants
the seeds in mid-spring, then
thins them out a few months
later, and the food bank
keeps the carrots watered
and well-kept.
After the food bank was
built in 2010, the backyard
sat idle for some time before
the staff decided to grow
food on it. “We’re kind of
go-getters here, the crew at
the food bank,” Martin said.
“Our thoughts were: ‘People
have been growing things
for millennia. We can figure
it out.’”
They didn’t plan on hav-
ing an outside group volun-
teering their time to make it
happen.
“It’s grown into some-
thing we didn’t expect it to
grow into,” he said.
While Natalie Vazquez of
Seaside hosed down a bundle
of carrots, her children, Zoey,
6, and Nikko, 3, sloshed in
the puddles with the other
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Declan Nye, 4, tosses washed carrots into a crate.
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Three-year-old Isaac tosses a carrot into a washing barrel.
Freshly harvested carrots sit in a pile at the Clatsop Com-
munity Action Regional Food Bank.
children, who giggled hyster-
ically.
months ago, and she is home-
schooling Zoey, so joining the
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Vazquez and her family
moved to the area about two
MOMS Club and taking part
in the carrot harvest “was for
socialization for her — and
for me, as well,” she said.
“We all really love this
project, and it’s something
that we all hold really close
to our MOMS Club heart,”
Gilligan said. “It’s just really
gratifying to be able to teach
your children that some peo-
ple aren’t better off in this
world, and that we can do
something to really impact
another family’s life.”
“If nothing else, if there’s
a zombie apocalypse, hope-
fully they’ll know how to
plant carrots,” Martin said.
“When we have to rebuild
the world, at least we’ll have
some farmers, right?”
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