I have been busy the past couple weeks and I wanted to share some of the things I have been doing that you might like to do, too!
One, I have been reading the most expensive ($40), but fantastic book of ideas for gardeners, Panty Hose, Hot Peppers, Tea Bags, and more... It is a great book that I thought I could just scan and write down a few ideas from, but in just the first chapter about building up the soil, I have a full page of notes. I think I am going to have to keep it. Christmas present to myself, I guess.
Two, I finally subscribed to Organic Gardening. I am not a big magazine subscription kind of person, but just like the book, I discovered so many great ideas I folded back about 10 pages of things to write about on the blog. Once again, its a keeper.
Three, I joined the ACGA. I am officially supporting a wonderful organization here in Columbus. That also means I can join in on the teleconference with David King this evening, as well as any others. PLUS, it also pays for OG, gets me a newsletter, their support when finding funding, and reminds me to get my community garden on the website! Here is the link to the SHCG description: http://acga.localharvest.org/garden/M2104?ul.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I have been busy the past couple weeks and I wanted to share some of the things I have been doing that you might like to do, too!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The program is run by local farmer Paul Etheridge, known to the school students as Farmer Paul. Farmer Paul teaches a structured farm garden curriculum for families that incorporates staff and children of all ages and abilities, helping the children build the connection between the garden and the source of their food. The program also includes a summer job training program for area teens who help to maintain the garden and work with children over summer months.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Hello Weinland Park Community Members, Gardeners, Godman Guild Volunteers & Partners,
First we would like to say, thank you for all of your hard work and support for the Weinland Park Community Garden (WPCG). This year has been filled with exciting changes and sad departures. As you may or may not know, Trish Dehnbostel – the heart and soul behind the garden is now working with Local Matters (www.local-matters.org) as Senior Manager. This dream job for Trish came as an extension of her work here at the Godman Guild and we are looking forward to continued work with Trish as a partner in the future.
In addition, Jessica Roach who also helped with the garden will be going back to school for her RN. Although this is a challenging time as we transition the great roles and responsibilities of these two tireless women, it is an opportunity to truly reflect on the garden – to refine processes, organize supplies and resources and eventually expand the wonderful work that Trish and Jessica have begun.
Although we were not able to organize a final meeting with volunteers and partners of the garden, we will proceed to have meetings next year. The first of which will be on Monday, January 12th from 6PM-7PM. This meeting will allow Godman Guild staff to introduce ourselves to returning and new volunteers as well as plan Spring preparations and begin scheduling for the year. If you are interested in staying involved with the garden, please let us know.
Those that enjoyed personal plots in the past will have priority for this coming year. If you are interested in retaining your plot, please let us know your name and which plot you were assigned. If you would like a new plot, please let us know and we will add you to our waitlist.
Shed Access and Security
It has come to our attention that the security of the shed may have been compromised and therefore the lock has been changed. If you have a key to the old lock, we would greatly appreciate it if you could return the key to Elaine Williams here at Godman Guild. We will be developing a volunteer schedule with your help in January to ensure that volunteers have access to the tools and water that they will need throughout the year. Access to the shed will be routed through Godman Guild staff.
WPCG Contact Information
We are still in the process of figuring our staff roles and responsibilities so for the time being, please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have during this transition.
Administrative Program Assistant
Godman Guild Association
614-294-5476 ext 138
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I know of many Columbus Community Gardens that would qualify for this award. Who will be the first to apply? Bill
Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards
We are pleased to introduce the inaugural Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards. These awards will be presented annually to groups and organizations that are making a difference in their communities. We are looking for community groups who are committed to improving their local environment by planting trees, bushes and shrubs to make their communities a better place to live.
What types of community improvement projects qualify?The award winners will be chosen from those groups who submit a local environment community project that makes best use of the trees, bushes and shrubs that Nature Hills Nursery will award.
Examples of potential Nature Hills Nursery Green America Award winning projects could be:
- A local soil erosion control plan that utilizes plants to stabilize steep hillside slopes or river banks.
- The reclamation of an abandoned lot where a house or factory once stood with the creation of a fruit orchard that will provide much needed fruit to nearby low-income residents.
- Creating or refurbishing the landscape in a community park.
- Creating a wildlife habitat for birds or animals on donated land that is (or has been) abandoned or neglected.
Our goal is to help communities reclaim land, turning eyesores into oases. We want to help dedicated invididuals, groups and organizations make their local communities better by providing a living gift of trees and plants that not only clean the air but also provide respite and a natural retreat. With each reclamation, wildlife and beauty can once again flourish.
Why did we create the Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards?Nature Hills Nursery has been fortunate to prosper from growing and selling plants. All of our plant production is carefully managed so the soils we depend upon are not depleted of their resources, ensuring a healthy soil environment for continued plant growth. We feel it is time to give back a portion of the plants we produce annually to projects that will help reduce carbon dioxide and beautify communities.
Submit your application for the Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards
Award DetailsNature Hills Nursery will donate $5,000.00 of plant materials annually to the earth friendly award-winning projects. Awards will be presented to a Grand Prize winner in the amount of $2,500.00 of plant materials. First place winner will receive $1,500 in plant materials and the Second Place winner $1000.00 in plant materials. The plant materials can contain trees, fruit trees, bushes and shrubs, perennials and vegetable seeds.
Grand Prize - $2,500 of plant materials (Example 25 perennials, 45 small fruit bushes, 50 shrubs, 15 fruit trees, 15 trees)
First Place - $1,500 of plant materials
Second Place - $1,000 of plant material
Application Dates: October 15, 2008 – April 1, 2009
Winners announced April 17, 2009
Awards will be issued to each winner in the form of a gift certificate which can be redeemed for plant materials from Nature Hills Nursery. It is our hope that, by providing plants, we can help these winners create places of beauty and nature in their local communities.
· Eligible submissions will be accepted from charitable or educational organizations that operate as a non profit entity
· Awards must be used by the winning organization to complete their project plan and cannot be sold or used in any way other than for the project described in the application submitted by the organization.
Submit your application for the Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards
Majora Carter is an inspiring leader, who took on her own neighborhood in the South Bronx. She believes passionately in environmental justice, that regardless of your race or class that we all have the right to live in a safe and livable neighborhood. She rallied the community around kids' health and pollution in the air and water effecting everyone. She left the "Sustainable South Bronx" and started "The Majora Carter Group", a consulting firm that "trains people who need work to shepherd in new green technologies, transforming polluted sites into lush community spaces and generally ensuring that EVERYONE has a stake in the clean energy economy." (UTNE Reader Nov-Dec.'08)
Check out her moving interview. She speaks from the heart, shares her personal experience and brings that passion into to everything she does. I just quoted this yesterday and feel compelled to do it again today!
"Although the connections are not always obvious, personal change is inseparable from social and political change."---Harriet Lerner
We live in a time of struggle in our community, regardless of how we're personally effected...we are all connected. This is a time for all of us to come together, collaborate, share resources and make some real change here in Columbus, Ohio. There has been an elephant in the room and that is that many of our neighborhoods are NOT EQUAL in safety and livability. Now is the time for that to change on a city wide level and it's exiting to see it actually happening. Community Gardening, Graffiti and Litter Clean ups, Safety plans, increases in civic association memberships and a collective understanding that it is not only the time for change, but it is a necessity. Pulling out the old slogan, "Think Globally, Garden (or fill in the blank) Locally!
CHECK IT! Majora Carter's TED interview:
I was checking out the Garden Rant Blog when I came across their post about a really wonderful couple, Joe and Chris Miller.
They opened up their farm at the end of the season to anyone who wanted to harvest the leftover potatoes, carrots, and leeks. 40,000 people showed up! The highways around the farm were shut down!
Could we apply this idea to the leftover veggies and flowers in Columbus community gardens?
Here is an interview with Joe Miller from NPR in an audio format. It is a beautiful story that captures the state of our economy, the importance of food, and the power of a community supporting each other.
Monday, November 24, 2008
In the shadow seasons the reasons are unknown to all save a few who hold the seeds in their hearts. Hello Columbusopolis! The gardens @Milo and 4scf are brushing their teeth and preparing for bed. Removing the waste at this stage of the year is both a melancholy and meaningful activity. One can prune in autumn. The metaphor of the maker remains self evident. What is impeding progress and growth? What needs attention at this stage of the green life cycle? Who cares? We do - the plant people. The grass roots givers and shakers. Community gardens are a way we can help our new president to solve social problems. It is scary simple. A friend and I just had a nice lunch with mustard greens from our fall planting. Nourishment Nice New Day!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
are you a gardener frustrated by the lack of easy to get compost necessary to grow your toms, cukes, broc and corn? intensive planting requires a steady supply of goodness and making enough for one bed let alone an entire garden for a season means dedicating time and money toward collecting materials, compost pile construction and management. if you are looking for a poop connection and you are nowhere near horses, cattle, et al, sources from craigslist can help with free compost and affordable hay and straw. these last two have skyrocketed in price but keep looking until you find some in your price range. my chickens help out in the home garden but a community garden, unless secured and with caretakers on site, are not animal friendly places. being in the city look for neighborhood fertility options like krogers. i gave 2 garbage cans to a market where i lived and would pick them up every day filled to the top with discarded produce. hay mulch, alfalfa pellets, day-lay industrial chicken farm compost, cover crops and rotation have helped in the gardens i have planted recently but there is nothing like real compost from manure, urine, straw and time. as i meditate on next years projects and how to keep costs low and productivity ample i'd like to hear from columbus and area people who have a system, strategy or source ideas for soil tilth and plant happiness.
Friday, November 21, 2008
It is not too late to tip toe through your own tulips! Don't forget the feeling of seeing tulips poking out of the soil in Spring. Planting bulbs in October and November is also another great activity to bring us all together in our gardens. Many of our local nurseries will donate bulbs to community gardens. Here are some fun photos of people and tulips. It seems that tulips are a popular backdrop for people all over the world.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
LAFF Club – Hire OSU students for fall clean-up:
It is that time of year again when all the leaves of the trees are turning fantastic colors, but soon those leaves will be falling to the ground and making a mess in your yard and gardens. Also this is the time to do your last minute planting of trees and bulbs that will bloom in the spring. If you are too busy to take care of your yard clean-up, don’t fear because the students in the Landscape and Floriculture Forum, or LAFF for short, are here to help you. We can send two of our club members out to your house to do this clean-up. Two of the club members come out to your house and work in your yard raking leaves, planting bulbs, trimming trees and other yard maintenance. 2 members for 5 hours = $100.00 2 members for 2 hours = $50.00. If you are interested please e-mail us at: email@example.com or call us at: (330) 234-4057.
Our market will include chicken, eggs, baked goods, herb dips, rubs, seasonings, artisan cheeses, pies, bread, gourmet chocolates, meats, honey, seasonal produce & much more....
Monday, November 17, 2008
Join us for Involving Community with David King, November 28th, 7:00 pm Eastern time, 6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, and 4:00 pm Pacific.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Columbus Community Gardening Blog, www.columbuscommunitygardening.blogspot.com is requesting photos/utube submissions from community gardeners here in Columbus and other areas. We would like to feature all of the hard work that you've all done to transform your neighborhoods, grow food and create beauty!
Please submit photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, anyone who is interested in becoming a contributing author on the blog, please submit your name, garden name/location, role in the garden, and a brief description of your garden history. If you don't do it already, blogging will expand your garden knowledge and enjoyment more than you could imagine.
We want this blog to be about, enriched by, and from all the different community gardening perspectives in Columbus, so write to us. We can't wait to hear from you!
Amy (Penny) and Trish (www.local-matters.org)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Dublin aims for citywide wildlife certification
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 By BRITTINY DUNLAP ThisWeek Staff Writer
The city of Dublin is working toward becoming a certified community by the National Wildlife Federation. It needs the help of residents to accomplish this task.
To obtain the certification, several city parks, businesses and at least 150 residences must be certified.
"We're doing all these great things, but this will be a great way for the whole community to be involved in the project," said Dublin's nature education coordinator, Mime Migliore.
Interested residents can download an online application that includes requirements for property designs, food, water sources, places for cover, places to raise young and sustainable gardening practices for wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds.
Dublin resident Sue Swyt and her husband, Bill Marek, certified their yard more than 10 years ago.
"We actually had everything to certify when we got the application," Swyt said. "I think most people in Dublin don't realize they can probably be certified already. It's just a matter of going and seeing what you have."
Swyt described her yard as a "typical Dublin backyard" that has plenty of room for her children to play in, but she and Marek have made small changes over the years to become friendlier to native plant and animal species.
"My biggest advice is to take a look at the application," Swyt said. "It's very simple and easier than you think. We thought we'd have to buy more plants and spend a lot of money, but we didn't. We were shocked to see all we had to do was fill (the application) out."
Many residents probably already have in place several things required for certification, Swyt said. For example, a pile of wood is considered a place for cover and a birdhouse is considered a place to raise young.
"In a way it joins us in an effort and in something green that's really beneficial to insects and birds," Migliore said. "On a grander scale if we're planting native species in our yards, we're using less water and fertilizer because they already know how to survive in the clay soil and that benefits the environment."
Besides being environmentally friendly, there are other benefits to residents who become certified. It increases curb appeal, restores habitats that have been damaged by construction and more animals will be attracted to the property, Migliore said.
"As we better our environment, the animals traveling through like birds are going to find our environment richer," Migliore said. "This also supports native plants in our landscaping. It fits into that whole picture of allowing people to see the city of Dublin as its own ecosystem."
The certification process will take two to three years to complete, Migliore said. Contact Migliore at (614) 410-4700, or go to the National Wildlife Federation's Web site at www.nwf.org.
Monday, November 10, 2008
If you are into gardens, and like to travel, you might especially enjoy this post. Here are some gardens that have been featured on some of the gardening shows I TiVo:
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Garden of Freedom and New Freedom (Mound and Carpenter, 43205) and Garden of Communion (Bryden and Ohio): three gardens are part of the Four Seasons City Farms project and have been active for a number of years; they provide interesting examples of structure, design, and layout.
Christ the King (2777 E. Livingston Ave, 43209-3039): beautiful church based community garden that supplies their food pantry. Beds are clearly defined and made of different materials, the fence and signage are nice, and flowers are incorporated into the border.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I found this video on Groovy Green. This is an amazing business idea:
It seems that they rent unused land from homeowners to grow the food for their CSA, but the idea of being paid to set up and support local community gardens and household food gardens is a great idea, too. People usually enjoy picking the food, but they might not know how or want to spend the time building the soil, supporting the new growth, treating problems, etc. It might be really fun and quite lucrative to travel around the city supporting gardens this way; especially because food prices are so high and people seem to be turning as a whole towards doing-it-yourself and getting-back-to-basics.
I took a honey taste test here at home and I discovered that there is a HUGE difference in the way honey tastes depending on where the bees collected their pollen.
I used honey from the desert in SW USA and Northern Mexico, Orange Blossoms-distributed by Deer Creek in London, OH, and Clover from PA. If you have bees and/or you enjoy honey, you should try it at home!
I always see bees on my garlic, and onions, I wonder if that makes a difference in the taste?!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
OBAMA AND BIDEN: TACKLING DOMESTIC HUNGER
"We've got rising food prices here in the United States. My top priority is making sure that people are able to get enough to eat." Senator Obama [Meet The Press, 5/4/08]
When he was a child, Barack Obama’s mother briefly received food stamps to put food on the table when she needed help. As a result, Barack Obama understands firsthand that federal nutrition and food assistance programs play a key role in minimizing the ill-effects of poverty and improving the diets of low-income working families, especially children. Barack Obama will strengthen and expand nutrition assistance programs and commit to ending childhood hunger by 2015.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden recognize that with rising food prices, existing benefits and programs are not enough to provide a healthy meal. Too many of our fellow citizens - over 35.5 million Americans, including 12.6 million children - face a constant struggle against hunger. For that reason, they supported provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill that improved the Food Stamp Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP)and strengthened other nutrition programs, such as increasing funding for emergency food assistance and improving the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in schools with significant numbers of low-income
Improving and expanding federal food assistance and nutrition programs will also be a key component of.....click on the title to read more about our SOON TO BE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FARM BILL PLAN!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
...but that moment never came! IT NEVER CAME!
I was actually so sure of my future success that over the past few weeks I have been researching potato storage methods, new recipes, etc. Why did I do this? Because I knew that no ordinary human could actually consume the number of potatoes I created.
I just don't know!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
When I think of winter, growing Amaryllis bulbs is one of the traditions in our family that I truly look forward to. The bulbs are giant and seem to instantly sprout, giving an impressive bloom. It is also a great activity for kids to teach about bulbs and offers almost immediate gratification. They are lovely as gifts and for me create a sense of tropical in the midst of our Ohio Winters. I LOVE AMARYLLIS BULBS! I found this site that details the bulbs history....
Amaryllis: elegant, sensual, and mysterious. A tender tropical plant, the amaryllis bursts into magisterial flower from an oversized bulb.
The virtues of amaryllis are many. To begin with, it is easy to grow. No coddling the first year is necessary, and it does not demand a faux winter in the refrigerator, as do crocus, hyacinth, and tulip. When you purchase your dynamo bulb, whether from the local garden center or from a mail-order nursery, it contains all the resources, energy, and determination to flower-almost no matter what you do. The bulb farm will have pushed, or "forced," your bulb into a state of readiness. The flower bud already resides inside its round belly. All you have to do is give it light and a little water; it is cued to perform.
No wonder, then, that this illustrious bulb has had a remarkable, if sometimes elusive, history....read more... http://www.gardenguides.com/books/amaryllisexc.asp
The Greener Grocer Weekly Fresh Market Bag
In the summer of 2008, The Greener Grocer, located in the historic North Market and owned by Local Matters, launched our “Urban Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)”, a program that offered a weekly bag of fresh, nutritious produce purchased from local farms. Many of our original participants expressed gratitude about how this program helped propel them back into the kitchen, allowed them to be more connected to the source of their food and created either a new or renewed appreciation of cooking and gathering!
To build upon this success, and to provide an “uninterrupted” service to our guests, The Greener Grocer is creating a new and expanded version of this program that we are calling our “Weekly Fresh Market Bag”. Under this new program, we will offer a summer and winter sign-up opportunity, with each season operating for 26 weeks. During the summer season, we will offer only fresh, seasonal produce from local farms. In the winter season, we will offer local produce when we can and supplement these offerings with organic produce, seasonal citrus and other fruits as well as local, dried beans, locally milled flour and perhaps even some cheese or Snowville Creamery Milk! (Vegan Option is Available)
Our goal is to provide delicious, local and/or seasonal items each week on a year-round basis and provide a one-stop shopping opportunity for you!
The cost of a share for each of the seasons will be $780.00/person/per season which translates to only $30 per week! The Winter season will run from mid-November through the end of March and the Summer season will continue from the end of March until mid-November. For each season, you will have the option of paying in full or utilizing the following payment plan:
• $180 due by the first day of the new season followed by four equal, quarterly payments of $150 each (you can join at any point in a season and pay a “prorated” amount for the remainder of that season)
Currently there are 2 sites where you can pick up your weekly GG Weekly Market Bag:
• Clintonville-Beechwold Resource Center
• The Greener Grocer at the North Market
The Greener Grocer can deliver to your work site if 10 or more employees sign up!
We will continue to donate two bags of fresh produce to the Clintonville-Beechwold Resource Center for every ten bags sold at retail.
Our new season begins on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 and will run through Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Please call 614.223.1512 or stop by The Greener Grocer at the historic North Market to get more information or to sign up!