Thursday, August 20, 2020

FM #332 Franklin Food Pantry Community Garden - 8/13/20 (audio)

 FM #332 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 332 in the series. 

This session shares my conversation with Jen Kuse, volunteer coordinator of the Franklin Food Pantry beds at the Community Garden. We are also joined by Lynn Calling, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry. Our conversation was conducted at the Community Garden, outdoor, and adhering to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

In this conversation, we learn about Jen’s green thumb (sometimes brown and dirty) as she coordinates the efforts of several local churches and many volunteers to provide fresh produce to the Food Pantry’s clients. The Tuesday of the week we recorded this, they delivered 50 pounds of produce, with likely another 50 pounds scheduled for Friday for the Food Pantry.

This is a great story to share. You can help in any number of ways. Contact Jen to volunteer with the regular maintenance, or a maintenance day, or financially.

As we listened to the recording, we found a few minor corrections. Jen never actually answers Lynn’s question on how many garden beds the volunteers are gardening and harvesting from; it currently is 12. The listing of the organizations who have helped is in the show notes below. Jen also mentions Deb's name (volunteer from The BFCCS), and says her correct name (Deb Schwab) the first time, and then refers to her as Deb Benjamin the second time. Oops, we got you covered Jen (and Deb!)

The recording runs just about 18 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jen and Lynn. Audio file =


  • The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

  • Franklin Federated Church

  • St. John's Episcopal Church

  • Franklin United Methodist Church

  • New England Chapel

Jen also considers the Town of Franklin Recreations Dept and the Franklin Agway ( as partners in support and supplies.

Jen Kuse 

Lynn Calling, Executive Director, Franklin Food Pantry 

Franklin Food Pantry = 

Photos of the garden beds at the Community garden


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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Jen Kuse showing one of the garden beds to Lynn Calling
Jen Kuse showing one of the garden beds to Lynn Calling

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