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10/08/14

We can hardly believe it is our last Farmers Market of the season! Time flies when you are helping those in need! (Photo of volunteer Nathen in July!) Today we collected 107 pounds of tomatoes, green beans, peppers, cucumbers, cabbage and squash to give to Samaritan Place. Thank you to market visitors and to UT Organic Farm, 2 Chicks & a farm, and the UT Kitchen Garden for making the donations possible! Next week we will have another special gleaning report from the UT Organic Crops Farm, so stay tuned!
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10/08/14

The UT Volunteer spirit is strong, and we sure do love our GMGM volunteers! This year, the Grow More, Give More program developed a volunteer committee to help collect produce and educate market goers about our program. To date, we have trained 15 volunteers who have helped make this project possible. We could not do this without the help of our volunteers! Today donations from shoppers at market, 2 Chicks and a Farm, Seven Springs Farm and the UT Kitchen Garden amounted to 86 pounds!
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10/01/14

October is upon us and fall is in the air. This week mums, pumpkins, and gourds were available from market vendors. Donations for this week came from Seven Springs Market, the UT Gardens, and the UTIA GMGM campaign. The total donations for this week amounted to 22.6 pounds brining our total for the year to 8,380 pounds. We have just a few weeks to go and would love to break the 10,000 pound mark!
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09/25/14 - A special gleaning report

Peppers are in abundance this season, and we were invited to glean at the UT Organic Farm. A huge thanks to Jeff Martin, Intern Coordinator and Jenny Moore, Research Project Coordinator, for inviting us to pick fresh peppers. 410 peppers were picked and distributed to Good Samaritan, Cokesbury UMC Manna House, Wesley House, FISH, and Ladies of Charity. Our total for the year is 8,357 pounds.
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09/24/14

The growing season is winding down, but donations from the market vendors and market goers remains strong. Despite the slowdown in production, we were able to collect 107 pounds bringing our total for the year to 7,947 for the year. A special treat for the market goers was harpist Chloe Poole (Cpoole4@utk.edu) who took time between sets to learn about the GMGM program.

Market donors for the week include the UT Organic Farm, Seven Springs Farm (81 pounds), and shoppers from the market. KARM was the recipient of this fresh and delicious produce. The Karm Communion Dining Hall serves nearly 1,000 meals daily, so we know this produce is going to those who need it most!
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09/17/14

Great weather and great volunteers make for a really great GMGM day! Today 75 pounds was collected and donated to Vestal UMC (Beacon of Hope) and the 4 Catholic charities of Samaritan Place. The total 7,839 that has been collected to date means that 23,517 servings of nutritious fruits and vegetables have been provided to our hungry neighbors. How wonderful! Thanks to Seven Springs Farm and the UT Organic Farm for your donations today.
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09/16/14 - A special gleaning report

The UT Organic Farm has done it again! A huge thank you to the UT Organic Farm for helping fight hunger in the Knoxville area. One this beautiful day, 10 Volunteers picked 986 pounds of bell peppers in less than 2 hours. The Organic Farm picked and donated another 282 pounds. In total, 1.269 pounds of peppers, filling 79 boxes, were delivered to 14 different sites. Recipients include Good Samaritan, West Park Baptist Church, Samaritan Place, Water Angels, Teen Challenge, Positively Living, Love Kitchen, Vestal UMC (Beacon of Hope), Ladies of Charity, Angelic Ministry, and FISH. A total of 7.764 pounds have been salvaged year to date.
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09/10/14

Another great market day for GMGM! We were excited for the opportunity to share our story with Chandra Harris-McCray, Director of Communications in the UT Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, who will be writing a feature story about GMGM in the Fall issue of the Tennessee Alumnus. Keep your eyes peeled for it! A total of 390 pounds where delivered to KARM2 Chicks & A Farm (68 pounds), Seven Springs Farm (220 pounds), and UT Organic Farm (89 pounds) in additiona to market goers all donated this week.  Year to date, we have collected 6,495 pounds!

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09/10/14- A special gleaning report

When Jeff Martin, intern coordinator for the UT Organic Farm, called to say they had many peppers on the farm and would GMGM volunteers like to come glean them the answer was an enthusiastic “Yes, and thank you!” Nine volunteers spent 2.5 hours on the farm to pick a whopping 788 lbs. The bounty was shared among 12 recipients: Teen Challenge, Positively Living, VMC, FISH, Love Kitchen, KARM, Faith Lutherin, Good Samaritian, and the 4 Catholic charities of Samaritan Place.

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09/03/14

This week's donation puts us over the 5,000 pound mark.  What an accomplishment!  We are so proud of all of our volunteers, donors, and market vendors.  We couldn't do this without you.  A total of 327 pounds were donated to Vestal UMC (Beacon of Hope) and Samaritan Place who support three charities.  Market vendors include UT Organic Farm (193 pounds), Seven Springs Farm, and VG's Bakery.
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08/27/14

A fantastic group of KARM volunteers helped us unload our veggies when we made our donation today.  All of the KARM folks were excited to see what had been donated and talked about plans for the produce in the kitchen.  It was a really neat experience to see the donation being dropped off.  339 pounds were donated to
KARM.  Our market vendor donors this week include.  Market vendor donors include UT Gardens, JEM Organic Farm, Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, Seven Springs Farm (129 pounds), and UT Organic Farm (167 pounds).
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08/20/14

The Grow More Give More program could not be successful without the help of of our dedicated volunteers and fantastic partnership with the Society of St. Andrews.  Thank you to everybody who helps make this program a success each week.  Your hard work is bringing fresh produce to people in need.  Thank you also to our generous market vendor donors.  This week's market donors include Seven Springs Farm (44 pounds), Crooked Road Farm,
2 Chicks & A Farm (53 pounds), JEM Organic Farm, UT Garden, and UT Organic Farm (146 pounds).  A total of 311 pounds were donated to Vestal UMC and Beacon of Hope.
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08/13/14

We had a distinguished visitor to the Grow More, Give More booth this week, President Emeritus Joe Johnson! President Johnson (pictured with Jean Hulsey) and his wife were shopping at the UT Farmer’s market for the first time this week when they stopped in to say hi and learn about the GMGM program. Total poundage for the week came in at 208 pounds, and all of it went to KARM. Market vendor donors include UT Organic Farm, JEM Organic Farm, 2 Chicks & A Farm, Seven Springs Farm, and UT Organic Farm (88 pounds).
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08/06/14

This week started early with a generous Tuesday donation of 714 pounds of tomatoes from the UT Organic Garden. This donation consisted mostly of green tomatoes from a trial plot. Upon donations, our recipients were looking for their cornmeal to make homemade fried green tomatoes. Yummy! Our second donation consisted of 316 pounds, totaling over 1000 pounds for the week. Recipients of both donations include Vestal UMC, Samaritan Place, Good Samaritan, KARM, FISH, Teen Challenge, and Positively Living
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07/30/14

It really feels like we have hit our stride with the Grow More Give More program this week.  We are still making new friends and market goers, but we are seeing more and more people return each week to donate produce.  It is not that uncommon to see parents teaching their kids about giving and watching gifted gardeners share their their bounty.  This week market donors included
Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, UT Organic Farm, JEM Organic Farm, 2 Chicks & A Farm, Thomas Poag Farm, and UT Gardens.  Our donation total for the night was 551 pounds, which was donated to Samaritan Place and the three charities that they support.
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07/23/14
Today was a lovely day at the Farmers Market. The temperature was nice, and we had two new volunteers for GMGM, along with two veteran volunteers for the evening.  The market started off great for GMGM with 3 full baskets from the campus drop off locations.  We had a 34 pound donation from a young man who brought us corn, pictured.  Overall, we collected 478 pounds of produce that went to Samaritan Place.  Market donors include Seven Springs Farm (123 pounds donated), 2 Chicks & A Farm, My Sweetspot, 6 Mile Blueberry Farm, Zavels Family Farm, and UT Gardens.  This week was also exciting because we gleaned 182 pounds of tomatoes from the UT Organic Farm (271 pounds donated in total). 
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07/16/14
We received our largest donation in the history of the Grow More Give More program; 615 pounds were collected to this week.  Our donation was delivered to Samaritan Place where it will be distributed among their three charities.  The UT Organic Farm and Seven Springs Farm continue to top the chart with a huge donation of 145 and 172 pounds respectively.  Other market donors include Crooked Road Farm, 2 Chicks & A Farm, JEM Organic Farm, Hammer Produce, and UT Gardens.  Members of the Institute and market goers gave 187 pounds.  We are humbled by the huge successes we have had over the past few weeks. 


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07/09/14
Our donations from the Institute and market goers continues to increase as the growing season goes on.  This week UTIA employees and market shoppers donated a total of 100 pounds, our best to date.  In total, 508.6 pounds were donated and distributed to Vestal UMC (Beacon of Hope) and Restoration Christian Church.  Market vendors include UT Organic Farm (with a 283 pound donation), Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, 2 Chicks & A Farm, and UT Gardens.
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07/02/14


​We are constantly amazed at the variety of produce that we receive each week, and this week was no different. Donations included squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and even banana peppers. This was a fun week for us, and two of our youngest GMGM market ambassadors helped collect produce and hand out stickers. As always, we are thankful to our volunteers, donors, and market vendors to help make this project a success. Samaritan Place was the recipient of this week’s 199.5 pound donation. Donors include UT Organic Farm, Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, Holden Nursery, and UT Gardens.  Happy 4th of July!
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06/25/14


Although we had several rain showers throughout the market, we still had a great turn out and a great response for GMGM. We gathered 470 pounds of produce which translates into over 1400 servings.  Special thanks to Seven Springs Farm, who made a huge donation of 234 pounds. Also, this week we were able to donate to two different charities in our area, Samaritan Place and Beacon of Hope.  Samaritan Place serves local senior citizens and Beacon of Hope offers outreach to help those living in poverty. Other market donors include UT Organic Farm, Crooked Road Farm, Thomas Poag Farm, My Sweetspot, Happy Skin Naturals, and UT Gardens. Thank you to everyone who participated in and contributed to the Grow More Give More Project.
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06/18/14


Today’s Farmers Market was a hot one – but that didn’t keep vendors and visitors to the market from helping us reach our best donation weight to-date. Bags and bags of cucumbers, squash, zucchini, cabbage and other nutritious veggies totaling 425 pounds were donated to Iglesia Cristiana Restauracion (Restoration Christian Church). This was a new recipient for GMGM, and a very worthy one at that. This small Hispanic church feeds about 300 families locally. Last month an electrical fire destroyed around $3,000 worth of food – food that was bagged and ready to be distributed the next day. Thank you for all the generous donations to help replenish their outreach efforts! You are making such a positive difference in the lives of Knoxvillians! We’re grateful to vendor donors UT Organic Farm, Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, 2 Chicks & A Farm, JEM Organic Farm, My Sweetspot, Hammer Produce, Thomas Poag, Holden Nursery, Happy Skin Naturals and the UT Gardens.
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06/11/14

​It was a lovely evening at the UT Farmers market, and after a bit of rain the sky cleared up nicely. The temperature was pleasant, and we even enjoyed a rainbow! GMGM had another successful evening, and quite a few people stopped by to find out about GMGM and how they could help. We had 5 volunteers from GMGM and SOSA available to answer questions and meet and greet with old and new friends at the market. The final donation tally for the night was 278 pounds of fresh produce and herbs. Donors included UT Organic Farm (209 pounds), Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, 2 Chicks & A  Farm, My Sweetspot, and UT Gardens. All produce was donated to KARM. We are so grateful for the support of the community in making this program successful. See you next Wednesday.
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06/04/14

​A huge thank you to all of our donors this week! We were hoping to beat the 100-pound mark for the year, and we were able to collect almost 200 pounds in one evening. Our volunteers were wonderful this week; meeting market goers and collecting produce. A total of 198.7 pounds of produce was donated to KARM. Donors include the UT Organic Farm (accounting for 147.214 pounds), Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, JEM Organic Farm, Hammer Produce, and the UT Gardens. We are well on our way to beat last year’s record!
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05/28/14
This was our best week to date! 37.77 pounds of food were collected; donations came from the UT Organic Farm, Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, JEM Organic Farm, My Sweetspot, Hammer Produce, and the UT Gardens. Our volunteers told market goers about the project, handed out reusable grocery bags and black eyed susan seed packs. KARM was the recipient of this week’s donations.
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05/21/14
Last year, we collected over 6,882 pounds of produce which equated to 20,646 servings given. Our goal is to beat that this year, and we are well on our way! Thanks to our new volunteers for coming out to the market. This week a total of 32.57 pounds of food was collected from the UT Organic Farm, Seven Springs Farm, Crooked Road Farm, JEM Organic Farm, and UT Gardens. We also received a $20 cash donation, which was mailed to the Society of St. Andrew’s main office in Nashville. Donated produce was delivered to the Love Kitchen.

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05/14/14
This week marks the start of the UT Farmer’s Market and the beginning of the Grow More, Give More season. We are eager to begin working with our volunteer committee and begin collecting food. This year, the GMGM project is supported through a grant from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists, and we are so thankful for their generous donation to help us grow this important project. 14.5 pounds of food was collected and delivered to the Love Kitchen. Donors include the UT Organic Farm, Crooked Road Farm, Seven Springs Farm, JEM Organic Farm, Santana Farm, Country Lane Farm, and My Sweetspot.

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