Join us this Saturday July 18th for the next Pottstown Bicentennial event!

The next Pottstown Bicentennial event will be this Saturday, July 18th at Riverfront Park.  MOSAIC Community Land Trust is excited to join the community to celebrate this historic milestone.

Please stop by and visit us at our table from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at Riverfront Park!  Hope to see you there!


Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ is looking for properties for home repairs.

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ is looking for qualifying properties for FREE home repairs.  The work will be done on July 24-27, so respond soon!  Non-profit agencies may also participate.

If you’re interested, please contact Kate Hoffman at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ at 610-326-2243, or print and fill out the attached flyer (click on the link below to download).

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Mosaic Community Gardens News‏

Hello Garden Folks,

Mosaic wants to keep you, your family and your organization in-the-know about the gardens and CLT activity!  Great things are a-happenin’!  Take a look…

Mural (423 Gardens) – The mural is just about done!  Please stop by our 423 Chestnut Street gardens to take a peek at the almost-finished work of Promiseland Murals!  Nice work Carrie!

Permaculture Garden (301 Walnut Street) – We’re getting there…Eric Schmidt of Colonial Gardens and his crew will be working on the garden early next week to tidy up the walking paths with wood chips and beautiful boulders!  The information board will be installed in the upcoming weeks.

The Office is OPEN! The office will open this Saturday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Please make note of it and stop by to say hello or to pick up a garden contest flyer!

Speaking of garden contest…We are on the hunt for more residential, neighborhood and junior gardener entries.  The entry form is attached so you may enter the contest or send the form to a friend or neighbor who you believe has a garden worth bragging about!

In the News…Mosaic is doing great things around Pottstown, things worth writing about! J  (control & click on the links below, Tom Hylton’s recent Mercury “advertorial” is included in an attachment, thank you TOM for your support!)

Garden Mural Undertaken with Great CARE

Green Thumbs Up for Pottstown Home Garden Contest

 

Calendar of Events:

Garden Days

Our next Garden Work and Play Days are set for Sunday, June 14 and Sunday June 28 from 11-2.  On the 14th, we will begin our day at the 615 Chestnut Street Gardens and on the 28th we will begin our day at the 423 Chestnut Street Gardens.  I hope you will join us to plant, weed, water and chat during these times!

Our Next WORKSHOP…

Sunday, June 14 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at our 615 Chestnut Street Gardens!

How to Grow Spuds in a BAG – Learn how to grow potatoes in a reusable tote!  The workshop is set to teach you easy ways to grow great gardens in small spaces!  Everyone who attends will be given a lovely tote, some good growing dirt (50% organic garden soil and 50% of your very own garden compost) and a bunch of fingerling potatoes to plant your very own bag!  You can take the bag home or sit it at the end of your garden bed!  Be there, bring a friend!

Table Events

Thursday June 18 TCN Non-Profit Conference Montgomery County Community College 9:00AM – 12noon.

June 13, July 18 and August 15 Bicentennial Celebration 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day

Please let us know of your interest in manning a table during any of the upcoming events.  If you are unable to volunteer, please consider attending one (or all of the events)!

Don’t Forget!!!!!!   Water and weed your plot and other areas around the garden.  Remembering to water your garden plot before 10:00 AM or after 3:00 PM will avoid plant wilting and help your garden to reap its best harvest.  If you have time, please remember to water the perimeter beds or your neighbors garden.  Plants need water daily during a heat wave such as this and weeding should be done in your plot/around it at least once a week to avoid being overrun by pesky weeds! This is the true spirit of a “community garden”, the entire community watering, weeding and caring for the entire garden! Let us all build on increasing our community garden spirit!

We still need plastic bags at both gardens! Having grocery bags at the gardens helps to make the job of gathering and weighing our harvest easier (don’t forget to log your harvest and visits in the log book located in the shed).

Be on the lookout for new garden locations…we are always interested in scoping out a potential garden location.  Please let us know if you pass by or live next to an area that you think is blighted…we may decide to make it beautiful!  We are looking for projects large and small!

Lastly, we still have a few garden beds left for the season, let your neighbors and friends know…they may want to join you by becoming a garden member this season!

Thank you.


MOSAIC Participating At TWO Events This Weekend, May 2nd And 3rd

  • A collaborative activity table between Mosaic, ArtFusion and S.T.R.I.V.E. will be set up from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM this Saturday, May 2 and again on Sunday, May 3 from 11:00AM – 3:00 PM at the PA Native American Powwow happening at Memorial Park.

  • We have planned to set up a table at the annual Community Fun Day Health Fair taking place this Saturday, May 2 from 11:00AM – 5:00 PM in the Olivet’s Boys and Girls Club/Rickett’s Center parking lot.  It is a great time to inform families about the community garden and help children with a garden activity.


MOSAIC Community Land Trust Celebrates Young Children

A community celebration for families with young children was held on Saturday, April 18, at Pottstown High School from 1-3 pm. MOSAIC joined over 40 community agencies to share our plans and resources with young children and their families, and provided fun family activities. More than 1500 people attended. It was a great day to let the community know about MOSAIC CLT!

We talked with community residents about our homeownership and revitalization strategies, and invited the children to create their own Mosaics with dried beans and glue! We had fun talking about our gardens, growing your own beans, and learning about health and nutrition with MOSAIC CLT!

PEAK, Pottstown’s school readiness initiative and Pottstown Memorial Medical Hospital for this community outreach sponsored the event.

MOSAIC CLT invites you to join us as we make owning a home a reality for your neighbors, and as we strengthen our neighborhoods. We hope to see you and your young gardeners at our 423 or 615 Chestnut Street gardens this spring, summer and fall! Come grow with us!


In Community Garden News…‏

Gardeners, listen up!

There will be lots of great things happening in and around the gardens, we are hoping you’ll join us.  Please review this email in its entirety…we have lots of “ground” to cover! :)

Garden Essentials and Reminders:

Garden Guide – Please take an opportunity to review the Mosaic Community Garden Guide attached.  The guide explains the general rules of the gardens, other do’s and don’ts along with garden planting tips.

Garden Gate/Locks – The garden gate locks should be locked at all times when there is no one in the gardens.  The locks are opened by combination and should not be given to anyone who is not a garden member nor should a non-member or children under the age of 18 be left unattended.  The lock must be on the combination to lock and unlock the lock.  If the combination is not properly set, it will not lock just as it will not unlock.  Please make note of it.

(484) 300-2410 – Please save this number to your phone under Mosaic Gardens and call if you have any questions or concerns regarding the gardens/lock.

Garden Log Book – Each time you visit the garden(s), you must sign in and out in the garden log books.  The log books are located in the shed at each garden. Fill in each of the areas, the date, your assigned plot number, how many people in total are with you during your visit, the time in and out along with the activity, i.e. weeding, planting, harvesting.  We also ask that you weight your vegetables and report the total number of pounds in the book as well.  This information is an important piece of our grant reporting process for continued funding – please be sure to DO IT every time!

Garden Accessories – The water, tools and other items in the garden are there for your use.  Please keep our costs down by ensuring that the water is turned off after use and that the tools are returned to their rightful spot and not left in the gardens.  Each year, items that are accidentally removed from the garden or left out to rust and/or fall apart during the winter months have to be replaced.  Always take a look around before “closing up shop” in order to keep our gardens neat and tidy!

Garden Plot Assignments will be send out in a separate email…be on the lookout!  Many of the plots have orange plot markers with the plot number and the family or organization’s name on the marker.  There will be more assignments happening in the next few days so check your email often!

Calendar of Events:

You best mark your calendars, you wouldn’t want to miss out… :)

April 25

Mosaic Community Gardens – 2-4PM “Before the Last Frost” Early Planting Workshop and Planting Day (both gardens)

This Saturday, Mosaic Community Gardens will host its first workshop titled – “Before the Last Frost Seed Planting”.  We will host the workshop from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the gardens located at 423 Chestnut Street and host the workshop from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at the gardens located at 615 Chestnut Street.

Tips, advice and additional educational resources will be provided that day.  We will also provide participants with an opportunity to plant seeds most appropriate for planting during the earlier weeks of the season. 

We want to help you get a head start in the gardens!  Bring a friend, co-worker or family member so they too may experience this fun activity in the garden!

May 2

Community Fun Day Health Fair – 11-5PM Olivet’s Boys and Girls Club

May 9 

Mosaic Community Gardens – 2-4PM “After the Last Frost”  Planting Workshop and Planting Day (both gardens)

May 23

Mosaic – New Project! 301 Walnut Street’s – Edible Garden Park (mark your calendars – more information to follow)

May 24

Pottstown area students paint lower section of mural (mark your calendars – more information to follow)

May 2015

Mosaic Community Land Trust’s Annual Meeting (mark your calendars – more information to follow)

June 2015

Mosaic’s third annual Home Garden Contest is in full swing!  Visit http://www.mosaicclt.org to find out more about entering the contest for your chance to win one of the cash prizes!  $2,500 in cash and prizes is at stake!

Please email us by replying to the email if you have any questions or need additional information. 

Thanks a bunch (of radishes)! ;-)

Laura


The 2015 MOSAIC Community Garden Season Is HERE!‏

Hi Gardeners,

We are just about ready to get a little dirty (with our hands and, occasionally, some of our other body parts)!

With our season fast approaching, we want to share with you a few reminders, tips, events and other such nonsense J.

Please read this email in its entirety, there is a boat load of valuable information below.  Reply to this email if you have questions or need additional information.

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Membership Reminders:

If you have not already, please complete your Mosaic Community Garden membership packet.  All of the paperwork is now online at www.mosaicclt.org we now offer a way to pay online as well.  Just click on the “donate” button on our site and pay using your PAYPAL account.  Enter the appropriate amount to pay then type “garden membership payment” in the message/notes section of the payment process.  Not interested in gardening, but love the idea of helping other to obtain affordable housing?  Become a member of the Mosaic Community Land Trust!  By donating $25.00, you are helping the land trust turn blighted properties into beautifully-maintained lands in under-resourced areas of our neighborhoods.

Mural Results:

The results are in!  Concept #1 (Seeds of Hope/Success): 12 votes      Concept #2 (Bountiful Basket):    13 votes           Concept #3 (Sweetest Potato): 9 votes

Since the voting results were so close for the two mural designs, the mural committee has made the decision to blend Concept #1 and Concept #2! So many voters loved the sunflowers in Concept #1 and the plentiful basket of vegetables in Concept #2 the committee believed it would be a great idea to use elements from both designs!  Thanks to The Hill School, Sherwim Williams and others who are helping to complete the project!  Join us on May 18 when we begin the lower level of painting of the mural (save the date, details to follow).

Preparing and Planting:

Beginning in April, volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup and preparation of the gardens!  We will cleanup, till and organize the garden beds and perimeter beds during the month of April.  The first day is set for Saturday, April 10 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and Sunday, April 11 from 10:00 AM – 12:00noon.  We will need all hands on deck to help out!  No tools or gloves needed, all you have to do is SHOW UP and we will put you to WORK (in a good way)!  J  More dates will be added – be on the lookout!

Mosaic is planning its first planting day on Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 AM (rain date, Sunday, May 10 10:00 AM)!  Please plan to complete any paperwork, pay any membership fees (if you haven’t already)…but most importantly, to have fun, chat with your gardening friends and to GET DIRTY!

Btw, all of the seeds purchased for this year’s growing season are certified ORGANIC from High Mowing Seed Company!  No GMO or all that other pesky stuff…YAY!  We will use mostly seeds this year, purchasing just a few plants of those vegetables that tend to do better starting with a seedling for beginning gardeners.

Outreach and Other Events:

Mosaic is facilitating a hydroponic planting workshop at the Six Night of Family Entertainment and Education at the Pottstown Regional Public Library.  There are over 21 children and their families registered for this event!  Visit our website to find out more or to register for a workshop.  The hydroponic workshop takes place on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

The annual Pottstown CARES day is a day focused on “spring cleaning” in downtown Pottstown – clearing sidewalks, cleaning up parks, etc. As part of that, more than a dozen of volunteers will be assigned to work in our gardens on Chestnut Street.  Mosaic would love to see more of our community garden members pitch in and help out!  The fun will begin on Friday, April 10 from approximately 9 AM – 12 PM.  Please contact us via email if you have any questions or need additional information.

Mosaic will have a table and activities at this year’s Month of the Young Child event being held at the Pottstown High School on Saturday, April 18 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  Please plan to bring the family out to this amazing annual event!

Our summer youth program begins in June!  We are always looking for volunteers!!!! Now is the time to get your criminal and child abuse clearances!  Please reply to this email if you need assistance completing your clearances in order to volunteer this growing season. The program is jammed-packed with more learning experiences, field trips and other great activities!  Please plan to help out!

Check our website often for more opportunities to get dirty, grow good things that you can eat, get outdoors and have some good ol’ fashioned fun in downtown Pottstown!

See Ya’ at the Gardens,

Laura


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