Recipes and Cooking Demonstrations
You know Chef Samantha has been helping with the Saturday meals, but did you also know she's been harvesting from the public gardens and the biweekly produce boxes that we bring in from local farmers to give you great ideas for healthy meals to make a home? Well now you do! Watch the cooking demonstrations and view the recipes here! And a few dozen lucky people get to try what she makes, as she brings ample servings of her completed dishes down to the Little Free Farmstand for distribution. Completely free and totally delicious! Keep an eye on the BluePrint Geneva and Geneva Public Gardens Facebook pages for more details.
Thanks to a partnership with Red Jacket Orchards, we were able to get 65 fruit trees (pear, apple, plum varieties) into the yards of local families, primarily in Wards 5 & 6 in the City. Check out our facebook page for pictures of the trees and a poem written by one of the recipients!
Help with Shopping
Can't (or shouldn't) go to the store? We can help! Members of vulnerable populations (people 65+, or people with underlying health conditions like asthma, heart disease, or weakened immune systems) should not venture out into public places. If you need help picking up basic supplies, please reach out and we can arrange for no-touch delivery. Call/text 315-577-3775 or email email@example.com to schedule this service. It is free and we can accept credit or debit cards online so no cash changes hands.
Tax Program Goes Remote!
The Geneva Public Library is temporarily closed due to physical distancing requirements to prevent COVID-19. All tax appointments are suspended until further notice. But if you are expecting a tax refund and need that money to get through the next few weeks, please call or text 315-577-3775. We are working with the IRS to pilot a remote system whereby we pick up your documents and prepare your return off site then drop it off to you for your review and consent to file.
What's Growing and Where's it Going?
To characterize sections of Geneva as a "food desert" somewhat misses the mark. There *is* food available for purchase (at convenience stores and gas stations) but nourishing and healthy options are lacking. We prefer the term "food swamp" to capture the idea of residents stuck with only bad options. In response to these swamp-like conditions, BluePrint Geneva is undertaking three efforts:
- Get food growing and distributed directly to residents, nothing asked or expected in return;
- Provide access to public garden spaces for people to harvest, grow, and learn about gardening;
- Focus on bringing children and young adults into the healthy food continuum of growing, harvesting, distributing, and celebrating the abundance right in our collective backyard.
In addition to maintaining a four-season greenhouse which provides access to leafy greens all winter long, we have established on State Street, co-located with Geneva Peeps, a public garden and a children's garden. The public garden is open for all to visit, tend to, or just harvest from. The children's garden is a sensory experience featuring native plants, edible flowers, berries for picking, and tactile diversity to encourage kids to explore what's growing.
Deliveries are made twice per week to the Geneva Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Lunch Program, Center of Concern, Salvation Army, and Little Free Farmstand.