Monday, June 2, 2008

Weiland Park Community Garden News

Important news:

Cathy Treyens (our gardener extraordinaire who adopted our "Free Garden") did some donation requests and had many plants donated to the garden. Over the next few days we hope to have them all planted. Please see Jessica or myself if you'd like to help put them in the ground. Also a big thanks to Cathy and a group of volunteers who came to WPCG on Memorial Day and gave the garden some love---it looked great.

We have a new Compost bin, built and donated by Tom Barnum---thanks, it will be very beneficial to our garden---and looks much better! Way to go!

Check out our new fruit trees donated from Franklin Park Conservatory in front of our building and thanks to Jessica and our wonderful teens for all of their hard work making it happen.
Cortney Porter's pumpkin and squash patches are growing quickly---can't wait to see the kids enjoy them.

Helma Groot, City Year and myself "planted" the sculptural artwork (recycled flowers from Blooms and Butterflies) that was donated from Franklin Park Conservatory and we painted another mural---on the back side of the old mural. It looks great from 5th Ave.---come and check it out.

Heritage Centers are now a proud employer of teens from our Summer Teen Employment Program. Jessica Roach will be spearheading this wonderful opportunity for inter generational learning through gardening and recreational activities with the seniors who attend their programming.

Thanks to Linda for our new trash can in the garden!

We will find out this week if the Indianola Middle School project will continue....stay tuned. I will likely know by Wednesday!

There is a new community garden at the 16th Street Church, just past the old Indianola Elementary---flowers, food and herbs.

We met this weekend regarding a new farmers market located in the Susie Q--Xenos area on 4th St. Plans are moving ahead and we have a tentative date set for August 2nd. There will be educational workshops, cooking demonstrations, collaborative art projects, raffle tickets/prizes, community information tables and best of all fresh, chemical-free, locally grown produce, herbs and flowers! Anyone interested in being involved with this project please contact me and I will steer you towards a committee that best fits your interests. We are focusing on the University area gardens, Columbus area businesses and hand-made items. More news to come soon....SO exciting!

Summer Sizzle will be a fun event not to be missed, sponsored by United Way, located at Godman Guild, Saturday June 21st, from 12-3---Food, Games, Prizes and Activities for children of all ages, (children under the ages of 12 must be with an adult) and a Free Bike Raffle. Don't miss it!

I am putting an ask out to all members of WPCG to pitch in when you can with watering and weeding. Let me know if you need help with weed identification or don't have a key to the shed.

It's going to be a bountiful summer,

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