Thank you for completing the Stamford Vermont Seed Savers compost survey this past Saturday at the Transfer Station.
Here are some highlights of the survey:
1. Out of 45 people surveyed, 75% of you already compost food scraps at home!
2. Of those who do not, more than half said they would be willing to bring food scraps to the Transfer Station for the first time. (yay)
3. Ten people would be willing to contribute compost to the Stamford Community/School Garden.
4. A third of you would be interested in attending a composting workshop.
5. Six people would be interested in having space in the community gardens.
6. One-third of you are interested in working with the Farm to School Program as it emerges at Stamford Elementary School, and another third are possibly interested.
We will be having our annual Seed Share in January, all are welcome to come with seeds or not.
In addition to our regular meetings, we hope to have two or three demonstrations this winter with possible topics ranging from compost to mushroom growing.
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There will be a meeting of the Seed Savers/Community Garden group Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in the library.
Many interesting items on the agenda, including establishing winter meetings with programs and workshops.
Everyone is welcome.
Wrapping up the Garden
Pat, Sarah, Susan and Bill Levine built an additional garden bench with the available lumber. There is still enough lumber to finish the next two garden beds.
It was agreed that we will have an additional workday on Saturday Oct. 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. This will coincide with the Community Craft Fair/Book Sale.
Please click here to read the latest from the Seed Saver / Community Garden Group.
Community Garden work day follow up:
Despite the sporadic dismal conditions on Saturday, a hearty group of volunteers showed up to accomplish the top priorities on the list:
~ move the piles of soil inside the fence
~ build a couple more raised beds
~ build a compost bin
~ harvest the vegetables (lots of potatoes and tomatoes)
~ pick up some fabulous compost and get it into the beds
~ socialize, have fun, and warm up with tasty chili, breads, and pie from the church bazaar across the street
It didn’t make sense that day to build more benches in the rain and cold so . . .
Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 will be another opportunity to build the benches. Pat Sullivan will be outside the library, ready to guide folks through the simple project. materials and tools will be provided.
All are welcome, especially youngsters.
Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:00, there will be a meeting of the seed savers/community garden group. No more than an hour.Basically to determine what must get done before winter sets in and to look forward to making next year even better. All people and input are welcome at the meeting.
Thanks. hope to see you at one or both events.
The deadline for applications for the Administrator Officer’s job has been extended to October 16, 2017. Click the link to right if your interested.
After making a stop into the Stamford Community Church Annual Bazaar and then going across the street to the library to lend a hand to the Seed Savers Community Garden Harvest Festival, stop on by Many Forks Farm between 3PM and 6PM for a Work/Play/Learn – Get the Farm Ready for Fall/Winter session. All are welcome! We’re at 1360 River Road, Clarksburg. We’ll have some simple fall farm tasks for your ready hands, remove the big plastic from the caterpillar tunnels, and Beekeeper Tony Pisano will be on hand for questions about hives, and more. Questions – call Sharon at 413-281-1814.
The seed savers/community garden group has accomplished a great deal since ramping up this spring. It is now time to enjoy the fruits of our harvest, put the garden to bed, celebrate our progress, and plan for an even better 2018. This will happen on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We’re hoping for a good turnout, many hands would make light work and give us more time to enjoy ourselves. PLEASE R.S.V.P., if you can, so we’ll know how many to expect (and to have enough snacks!). if you can’t respond, please come anyway. There will be a final planning session at 6:00 tonight at the library for anyone interested in helping to pull together the last-minute details. half hour, tops.
In the meantime –
Here are the plans for Saturday’s to-do list (to date):
- Bench building 10-11 a.m. Pat Sullivan, who helped folks make two benches already, will hold a bench-building session from 10 to 11 a.m. to make a couple more for the garden – simple to build, comfortable to sit on. Anyone welcome to participate, especially young people who want to help.
- Make 4 more raised beds
- Make three-bin composter
- Assemble black plastic composter
- Move remaining piles of soil from outside garden into new raised beds
- Harvest vegetables from this year’s raised beds
- Get victoria’s mature compost to mix with soil for next year
- Move all wood inside enclosure
- Secure hole in south fence
- Weed beds (not that many . . .)
- Tidy up around fence, as good neighbors with school
- Battery-powered drills/screwdrivers (charged)
- Battery-powered skill saw (charged)
- Measuring tapes
- Staple guns
- Harvest buckets
- Weeding tools
- Lag bolts and weed barrier (Stephen Greene will bring)
- Sidewalk chalk and scissors (Caroline will bring)
- Trash can
- Wooden pallets – we hope to secure a few, but if you have any you’d like to donate to the cause, they would be gladly accepted.
- Pick-up trucks . . .
Feel free to bring any snacks and drinks to share. Helen will bring a large cooler of water.
Stephen may bring apple pie!
Speaking of apples, Susan Flash is bringing her apple press to make cider for all. We have access to west mountain farm apples that will need to be picked either Friday afternoon or before 10 on Saturday. Volunteers needed for this. Please let us know in your RSVP, if you’d be willing to pick some apples. Apple crates/buckets also needed. We’ll make cider throughout the day. If you want some, please bring clean, seal-able jugs/containers to transport home.
That’s it for now, hope to see you all soon. It will be a fun, productive day after a very satisfying first season.
Thank you all ahead of time!
Who doesn’t have kitchen scraps? Who wouldn’t want to reduce the number of garbage bags you have to bring to the transfer station or out to the end of your driveway? Would you like a no odor, no varmint solution?
Great progress has been made constructing raised beds for the community garden behind the school. A few of the beds need to be filled with soil, but they should be ready to plant by Wednesday. Please join us at 5:30 to help get the seeds and plants in. Bring trowels, shovels, and your enthusiasm.
Also at the same time, same place:
Build-A-Bench for the Community Garden
Come to the July 5 5:30 pm – 7 pm Community Garden work bee (at the tennis court behind the school) to help build a bench for the raised beds. Bring a cordless drill, saw or sander if you have one. And it would be terrific if you could bring a Stamford youngster to learn something about building a small project and to join in the fun.
Due to an unfriendly weather forecast, the Community Garden work bee has been re-scheduled to tomorrow – Wednesday June 28th 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
Our hope is to build four 12’x3’x2′ raised beds, line the beds with landscaping cloth and fill with top soil that has been generously donated by North Branch Landscaping and Tietgens Trucking and Excavation.
Stamford Town Library Summer Hours are
Tuesday – 4-8 pm
Wednesday – 9 am to 1 pm
Thursday – 4-8 pm
Friday – 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday – 9 am to 1 pm
Stamford Seed Savers will be meeting Tuesday evening at the library – meeting starts at 5:30pm.
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