MOSAIC Gardeners, It’s About That TIME!‏

Happy Hump Day!

Gettin’ ready,

XL Insurance, a corporation committed to helping others, came to the gardens and kicked butt (in an eco-friendly kind of way)! J A total of 8 volunteers visited our first garden in order to spread wood chips on the walking paths, edge out and till every garden plot and move piles of wood from the front of the gardens to the back.  They also weeding the perimeter beds at the garden quite nicely.  The garden couldn’t look any better!  Then, the XL Superheroes moved on to our second garden where we moved dirt like never before in order to create 15 garden beds!  The XL team rocked! We could not have moved so much dirt without their help! (Pictures of the day’s events are attached)

Thanks again XL Insurance and our garden member, Laura Wagner, for providing a helping hand!

The Hill SchoolMOSAIC cannot thank you enough for your continued support of our community gardens!  The amount of volunteer efforts provided to MOSAIC has been priceless…we hope you all have a great summer and we look forward to working with you in your final volunteer days at the gardens this season! (Pictures of the events are attached)

And another big thanks to more Superstar volunteers this week, Deb Penrod, Liz Hansen and Melissa!  We acknowledge and appreciate your active participation in helping to prep everyone’s garden for the growing season!

A second set of Troop 01104 girls were back at the gardens this Saturday to work on their very own plot.  They got a chance to learn more about planting, growing and composting at the gardens.  Thanks to our gardener, Chris Hoffman, for helping spread the word about the community gardens!

A holistic health workshop was facilitated by MOSAIC at the Heart of God Ministries on Sunday!  They are excited about the gardens and will be joining us this growing season!  Join me in welcoming the Heart of God and their entire congregation (insert hand claps here)!

The fun doesn’t stop therevolunteers and other workers will be at the second garden as there is still so much to be done prior to our first planting day, THIS SATURDAY, May 17 beginning at 12 noonWe have mulch being delivered shortly along with the perimeter bed plants.  These items need to be planted and spread swiftly!

Below is a list of days and times to join us in a push to get the gardens ready prior to planting this Saturday:

‘Off the Cuff’ garden work days and times THIS WEEK:

Wednesday May 14, 2014  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Thursday May 15, 2014 10:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Friday May 16, 2014 3:00 PM – until

Planting Day:

Saturday May 17, 2014 12:00 – 3:00 PM, please plan to complete paperwork and/or pay your garden plot fee at during this time!  Thank you to those who have completed the process at this point.

Keep in mind, if we are not at one garden we are most likely at the OTHER garden!  Please stop by both or give me a call to locate the troops!

Our First Garden Committee Meeting of the Season was a success!  One of our committee member will send out an update late next week…

Want to Learn More About the Community Land Trust? It’s Easy, Plan to Attend the Annual Meeting…

MOSAIC is set to hold its annual meeting on Thursday, May 22 at 6:00 PM at 10 S. Hanover StreetThis is a great opportunity to learn more about the Land Trust, join a committee or share your interest becoming a Board of Trustee member.  Click “Contact Us” on the mosaicclt.org site and send an email letting us know of your plans to attend the meeting.  MOSAIC welcomes you!  Note: The annual meeting of Trustees will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 6:00 PM at the same office location.

Please feel free to share this information with family, friends and co-workers so they can get a feel for the GREAT organization YOU are a part of!

MOSAIC has more garden plots available for the new growing season…please pass the word along so we can fill our second garden with more gardening families and organizations!

Thank you so much for your help!

Laura Washington

Garden Manager

MOSAIC Community Land Trust

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What’s Goin’ On At MOSAIC CLT Gardens? Read All About It…‏

Happy Saturday!

I hope that each of you have had a productive enjoyable day today.  The community gardens sure did!  The gardens had more than 30 visitors and volunteers today – the largest visiting day so far this year!

First up,

Troop 01104 Girl Scouts of the Boyertown Service Unit visited the garden and helped to relocate mosquito-repellent plants from their plastic pots to one of our unassigned garden beds until after the last frost.  The plants will be planted in the perimeter garden beds on the first official Garden Work & Play Day.  We are hopeful that the mosquito-repelling geraniums will keep those pesky insects at bay.  The geraniums smell like citronella candles…take a whiff the next time you stop by the garden! J

Troop 01104 will be back at the gardens this Saturday to work on their very own plot.  They will learn more about planting, growing and composting at the gardens.

Next up,

About 20 young women, members of the YWCA, stopped by the gardens loaded with a super-healthy lunch prepared back at the YW.  The girls and their group leaders toted gourmet sandwiches, fruit salads, brownies and plenty other goodies made with the freshest ingredients!  We shared information about the community gardens, why they were developed and how to become a member.  The lunch date couldn’t have been any better!  It takes mega talent to make brownies with black beans, spinach and coffee…the girls got it!  Thank you, girls, for sharing your amazing meal!

Now What?!

On the following days, we will be working in the gardens to prepare both locations for the soon-approaching planting day, Saturday May 17!  Mark your calendars!  Our first priority is to lay 30 cubic yards of top soil in order to create the new garden beds at our 615 Chestnut Street location.  Then, we will move forward with mulching and perimeter planting.  Please reply to this email if you can be there to help!

Regularly scheduled garden work days:

Wednesday May 7, 2014  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saturday May 10, 2014 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saturday May 17, 2014 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Wednesday May 21, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saturday May 24, 2014 12:00 – 3:00 PM

XL Insurance, a corporation that believes in helping our community, has agreed to send a hard-working group of individual to the gardens on Friday, May 9 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM!  Everyone is welcome to join us in prepping and cleanup work at the gardens that day.  Thanks a bunch to XL Insurance and our lovely garden member, Laura Wagner, for providing a helping hand!

So, You Want to Join the Garden Committee…Our First Meeting Goes Down This Thursday!

The garden committee will meet for the first time this season on Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  Join us in brainstorming community development ideas, discussing important garden tasks and planning fun-filled workshops!  We’ll also take 10 minutes to turn up our gardening dials for a fun, free-spirited project!  The project details will surprise you!  J The project involves playful, childhood items to create a garden masterpiece…it’s going to be a fun time!  Healthy snacks and refreshments will be served in order to get our juices flowing – don’t miss out!

Want to Learn More About the Community Land Trust? It’s Easy, Plan to Attend the Annual Meeting…

MOSAIC is set to hold its annual meeting on Thursday, May 22 at 6:00 PM at 10 S. Hanover StreetThis is a great opportunity to learn more about the Land Trust, join a committee or share your interest becoming a Board of Trustee member.  Click “Contact Us” on the mosaicclt.org site and send an email to let us know of your plans to attend the meeting.  MOSAIC welcomes you!  The annual meeting of Trustees will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 6:00 PM at the same office location.

Please feel free to share this information with family, friends and co-workers so they get a feel for the GREAT organization YOU are a part of!

Thank you so much for your help!

Laura Washington

Garden Manager

MOSAIC Community Land Trust

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