On October 1st, 18 volunteers with a pickup truck went into Tucker Andrews field and picked butternut squash that he had planted in June. There were hundreds of squashes spread over a row that was 40 yards long.
With 18 ready hands, we got to work loading the squash in small boxes and onto the truck to deliver to the staging area near the entrance to the field. From that staging area, we will load the squash to drive to different food shelves in Chittenden County.
After about 45 minutes of cutting stems and carrying squash the field was cleaned and squash piled at the end of the field. At best count we estimated there to be approximately 1000 squash picked.
The adage, “many hands make light work”, was truly the message of the day.
Thanks to the volunteers: Geoff, Katy and Hunter Cole, Reed and Chris Simms, Heidi Klein, Anne and Dave Clift, Laura Markowitz, Bob Savaglio, Joanne Weinstock, Lisa Walker, Barb Lindburg, Tom Costello, Danielle Thiery, Pearce Sweeney, Chantal deLaBruere OConnor and Jeff York.
Over the next few weeks the squash will be delivered to food shelves in Jericho, Williston, Colchester and Burlington, Vemont.