Garden Aid Notes

A big thanks to all who participated in Garen Aid Day! 

This page is a compilation of the best pictures and notes sent in by those who participated.

Springtime in North Carolina

These photos were taken in the backyard of Lovay Singleton, the Program Director for Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden. Veteran's Garden will improve the homeless and disabled veteran's quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying the neighborhood, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation. We will be breaking ground in January 2014.

Lovay Wallace-Singleton
Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic garden
"We grow vets one at a time!"
419 Conner Grant Rd.
New Bern, NC 28562
http://www.veteransorganicgarden.com
252-637-9350/lovay@embarqmail.com
Check us out on facebook-Veterans Organic Garden


Mid Sun Community Garden

Sending my Garden Aid Day gardening pictures from Calgary, Alberta Canada.  Gardeners here are a persistent bunch with as short as 80 frost free days...pending on our weather.  Very unpredictable with being 1000 metres (3300 feet) above sea level we encounter fluctuating temperatures.  Today the temperature is +13 C (55 F) and tomorrow it will be -5 C (23 F) with the windchill.  Those northwesterly winds over the Rocky Mountains can change our temperatures quickly.

Seeds arrived in the mail yesterday. To get a head start with gardening I have winter sown Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit seeds, shown in the picture.  I can see the colours of purple, tomato red, apricot, gold and cream in my mind already.  At our Mid-Sun Community Garden we attended a workshop on how to create a mini greenhouse in milk jugs placed outside in the snow, producing hardy seedlings which seeds required a cold spell to break their dormancy. 

See what else we are up to in our Mid-Sun Community Garden in Calgary.  It is amazing what you can grow in different climates.

Happy Garden Aid Day!  I had my garden fix for the day.

-Lisa


Cary Senior Citizen Garden

For about 2 years now I have been a member of this garden located behind the Senior Center in Bond Park.  The garden has been in existence for several years and we have some long term members.

We have a couple of members who have been voluntarily doing lots of work improving both individual and common areas and lending their knowledge to help us get as much production as possible.  These are Will Ammons and Roy Alfred.

We have a hunger garden which is coordinated by volunteer member, Linda Luques.  We donate its produce to Interfaith Food Shuttle and locally to the Dorcas Ministries.

Recently we have set up a monthly workday where we work on the hunger garden and our common areas.  We also have regularly scheduled dinners where we make dishes from our garden produce.  I have discovered some delicious ways to cook vegetables which I previously didn't care for!

I am very pleased to be a part of this group.  Our garden is a beautiful and sociable place for members and admiring visitors.

-Becky Shepherd


Hawaii

Shaka!!  (We grow cucumbers!!)  Aloha from the Big Island!!
-Susan Tauzer

                                                                                                                    


3 Oaks Community Garden

We had a great day!  It was the last day of our planting heirloom tomato seeds with the River Valley 200Elementary School children, pre-school thru 5th grade, in two schools.  Each class was given an heirloom to grow and each child got their own pot. We now have the pots on the heat pads under the grow lights.  When the plants are big enough, the children get to take them home with care instructions.  We did the same last year and some of the children still have their plants growing well into the winter season!
 
This is the 3rd year our community garden is working with the school children.  When we founded in 2011, we set aside 6 raised beds and a grow tunnel for the school to use....and they have!  We just love working with them.
 
Three Oaks Community Garden
P.O. Box 112
Three Oaks, MI 49128
 
www.threeoakscommunitygarden.com
threeoakscommunitygarden@gmail.com


Alluvial Community Garden

Alluvial Community Garden is located on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.  We are just beginning our second year as a community garden and have been asked to present the Sunday Service on March 24th.  We will be showing a power point presentation of the journey this garden has taken us and we will recognize Garden Aid Day at that time. 
From the beginning the idea to bring people together to raise healthy food and get to know one another regardless of Church affiliation, political party or economic level was and continues to be our ongoing mission.

Some of our events and activities include:  taking part in an all-city Earth Day event by providing garden workshops, assisting a Girl Scout who is developing a composting program, hosting a garden dinner with local produce, a fund raiser Barn Dance, monthly workdays for volunteers and gardeners, working with Fresno State students taking a community based class, assisting with a children's garden program.

Thank you for the support you give to community gardens!

-Betty Cornelisen


Green Thoughts When It's Too Frigid to Plant
    by Marti Ross Bjornson



Here in Chicago, it's Frigid;
    though they say that spring is here.

Still we send community garden warmth
    for all the coming year.

It's much too cold to plant the seeds
    for carrots and for peas.

Why not make time, instead,
    to plant a seed for these?

A seed for hope,
A seed for love,
    for peace and harmony . . .

These perennial seeds will thrive and last . . .
    and grow community.

March 20, 2013
Garden Aid Day



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