The Community Garden End of Season Harvest Event

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

Tools/equipment needed:

  • Wheelbarrows
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Battery-powered drills/screwdrivers (charged)
  • Battery-powered skill saw (charged)
  • Measuring tapes
  • Staple guns
  • Square
  • 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 . . .

Other things:
Feel free to bring any snacks and drinks to share. Helen will bring a large cooler of water.

Stephen may bring apple pie!

Apple pressing!
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!

Caroline

 

Seed Savers / Community Garden

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.

 

Seed Savers Group Moving Forward With Community Garden

After months of planning, awesome gardening workshops, guest speakers, and packets and packets of seeds – The Stamford Seed Savers group will be driving the first screws, pounding the first nails, and shoveling the first dirt to kick off the community garden project.

The goal of the community garden project is to re-purpose the severely deteriorating tennis courts behind the Stamford Elementary School and transform this rarely, if ever, used area of the grounds into a shining example of community building and outdoor learning space for all.

Several ideas for the space are already in the planning stage but it all begins with building the raised beds and filling them with the soil generously donated by local businesses.

Come be a part of the kick off work bee on June 27th from 5:30pm to 7pm at the community garden. Feel free to bring a broom, hammer, shovel, rake, cordless drill or saw, any ideas for the space you may have, and plenty of community spirit!

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Stamford Seed Savers Community Group Update

Next meeting of the Stamford Seed Savers will be June 13th 5:30pm at the Stamford Community Library – please join the conversation if you have any interest in gardening or saving seeds!

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Recap From Seed Savers Table at SCC Tag Sale June 3, 2017
Helen and Stephen worked at the church event from 9am to 1pm at the Stamford Seed Savers table. It was rather windy and cool, so the table neighbor set us up with a sheet to block the wind, making it a very enjoyable experience.

We brought 50 plants and a few bags of compost to give away. People were happy to receive black cherry tomato, green cabbage and (reluctantly) kale plants, and donations were received ($42 minus $10 for the table). No one wanted a bag of compost today. Continue reading “Stamford Seed Savers Community Group Update”