Here is an important update from Holly about how we are following the current CDC guidelines in the garden.
I hope this email finds you well. I heard from many volunteers over the past few weeks asking when we will be back working together in the garden. We will be together soon -our first crops should be ready to plant in a week or so. With that said, once we begin working back in the garden we will be following the CDC guidelines - social distancing, limiting the number of volunteers working together in a safe environment.
Please email me ahead of time if you are planning to volunteer on the Wednesday/Saturday (this will help with planning how many beds can be worked)
There will be no sign in sheet. Please keep track of your hours and email them to Donna (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volunteers will be assigned a row to work to keep at a social distance
We are asking volunteers to bring your own gloves and small hand tools from home if you can
Tools and pails provided by the garden will be placed at the end of the beds being worked
Tools and pails provided by the garden will be disinfected after use
The handles of the lawnmower and tractor should be wiped down before and after each use
Thanks to all that came to the garden this past week. It was nice to see all of you! We were able to accomplish quite a lot in the garden while practicing social distancing. All of the trellis fencing for the peas, tomatoes and cucumbers has been put up!. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped with that project. We are now waiting for the soil to warm up to about 45 degrees before we sow the peas, radishes beets and spinach- maybe by the end of next week we will be able start succession planting of he peas in the 6 prepared beds in the NE quadrant and begin sowing seeds in the raised beds. Thanks you Jeanne for weeding all 6 pea beds!
John cleaned the old fencing, wood and other debris that was piled up the outside of the fence area. Ginny cleaned out and organize the shed after the mice and birds occupied our shed over the winter. Cathy and her husband cleaned buckets of rusty garden staples over the winter and Sherry cleaned and sharpened our hand tools. Andy took the header and door off the hoop house. No more hitting your head getting in and out of the hoop house!! Thank you all for all for all of your help.
John and Bonnie Hall owners of Maple Breeze Farm in Westbrook donated a truckload of cow manure for the garden-Please check out their website- maplebreezefarm.com. They have wonderful pork and beef products that they sell at the farm as well as dairy products..
Julie's Cup of Joe ( Route 1 in Westbrook ) is donating coffee grounds to the garden this year. The coffee shop has great coffee and the most delicious bagels in the area. Please support Julie's Cup of Joe, Maple Breeze Farm and other local businesses. . It t is more important now than ever during this difficult economic time to support small businesses. These small businesses are the backbone to our community and are the ones that support local non profits and organizations.
We would like to plant pollinating perennials around the garden. Jamie has researched and compiled a list of pollinating perennials. Thank you for working on this project. If anyone have pollinating perennials that need dividing ( or know someone that does ) and would like to share them with the garden we would welcome them. We hope to plant along the east side (future home of mason bee hotel) as well as sporadically around the garden. The goal is to have flowering plants in the garden from early spring through fall.
Check out pictures of the Food for All Garden on line at zip06 Clinton
The Clinton Food Pantry distributed to 171 families on Wednesday. The pantry is in need of rice, tomato sauce and cans of tuna. If you are grocery shopping and can pick up these items to donate. It would be greatly appreciated.
The produce the garden supplies to the pantries will be greater than ever this year. We are not sure what will happen in the next few weeks but I hope we still will be able to continue working in the garden of course keeping a distance of at least 6 feet apart
We will not be working in the garden Saturday. We are fortunate that we are ahead of getting the garden ready and the weather forecast for Saturday morning is chilly.
Please take care of yourselves and reach out and support others if you can. Feel free to visit and walk the garden at any time. it is a wonderful open air space to take a little stroll.
Hopefully we can can together next Wednesday. Please volunteer if you can and thank you for your continued support.
March 9, 2020
If the weather continues like this, we will be in the garden soon! Seeds are ordered, seedlings have been started and we're getting excited about digging in the dirt again!
Check back soon for a notice about when we will start working in the garden.
March 28, 2019
Dear Gardening Friends,
Saturday is going to be a beautiful day to be outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Please join us this Saturday March 30th at the Food for All Garden for the opening of the 2019 season. We will be in the garden from 9 a.m.-12 noon. I hope you can stop down and give us a helping hand for an hour or two. There is plenty of work (or think of it as exercise) to be done before we start to plant. The focus will be on prepping beds for our early crops of peas,cabbages and beets.Trellis fencing and ground cover needs to be sanitized before we put them in the beds along with raking the compost back on the beds that migrated onto the pathways along with adding organic fertilizer to the beds. We should begin planting in the next few weeks so there are plenty of chores that needs to get done beforehand and opportunities to help.
If you considered volunteering at the garden this year or you know of someone who is interested volunteering please stop by the garden and see what it is all about. Remember no gardening experience is necessary. We would love to have you join us! If you cannot make it to the garden this Saturday we will be in the garden every Wednesday and Saturday from 9-12 weather permitting. Come when can and no worries if you only stay for a short time. There are also plenty of opportunities to help out in the garden on days besides our scheduled 2 days. Please check us out on Facebook for updates and happening in the garden.
There will be a Pot Luck Supper Friday April 12th from 6 pm-8 pm in the Parish Hall behind the Episcopal Church. This will be a great opportunity for newcomers to find out about the garden. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you are planning to attend.
Shop Local The Food for All Garden has teamed up with Steward's Ace Hardware in Clinton for the Round Up Program. Customers can donate to the garden through March 31st by rounding up their purchases. All donations will directly benefit the garden help support the garden and in turn Ace Hardware rounds total donated. Ace Hardware supports many local organizations so pleases support Ace by shopping local..
Hope to see you Saturday or sometime in the near future,