MOSAIC Community Garden News‏

Hi Gardeners,

I hope you all are enjoying the gardens and reaping a great harvest this season! 

There is plenty going on in and round the community gardens in the final stretch of this year’s growing season.

Healthy Family Nights starting September 30th

Sponsored by Genesis Housing Corporation and in collaboration with ArtFusion and Olivet’s Boys and Girls Club, Mosaic will offer interactive nutrition 8-week workshop free for the entire family.  Adults and children will learn how to make better food choices and how to prepare better meals the entire family will enjoy.  Our Healthy Family Nights also offers each family to create their own food journal to keep recipes and other food or fitness related artwork!  After each session, everyone is invited to work out in the gym at the Olivet’s with a personal trainer!  Don’t miss out on this great learning opportunity!  Please see attached flyer to register and learn more about the program.

HarvestI’ve Been Told Our Corn is Delish! – Each Active Garden Member is Welcome to Take 2 Ears at No Cost

The corn grown at the gardens at 615 Chestnut Streets is ready for pickin!  Don’t the slightly brown husks on the top of the ears fool you, we had to let the ears grow to about 6” or more which took some time.  But now it’s ready!  We were told by our lovely garden member, Margo, that it is delicious!  (see her smiling face in the photo attached).  Thanks Margo for critiquing our corn-growing skills! 

Every active garden member who has a plot this season is welcome to take 2-3 ears of corn to enjoy at their leisure.  Please respect the sense of community and only take what is yours – helping yourself to more than 2-3 ears will keep another family from enjoying the same experience.  The code for the lock at our 615 gardens is the same as the gardens at 423.  Help yourself (to what is yours)! 

Please get your share of corn no later than Friday, September 9/12 at 8:00 AM.  The rest of the corn will be harvested and sold on the produce cart Saturday morning.

Speaking of Produce Cart

The cart is flourishing this year and there is still time for you and your family and friends to buy fresh vegetables and herbs!  They go on sale every Saturday beginning at 9:00 AM.  The cart won’t be around for long as this year’s season is quickly coming to a close.  Please visit the gardens at 423 Chestnut Street to make your purchases on Saturday…it could be your last opportunity.  Attached are a few photos of what went on today at the garden…check it out!

A Season to Be Thankful (Random Acts of Gratitude)

MOSAIC wishes to take a brief moment to thank the organizations, garden members, their family and friends and our other countless volunteers who have helped in the success of the gardens this season!  We hope our partnerships, collaborations and community development efforts will continue for years to come.  A big huge thanks to EVERYONE!

Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities in blessings. – William Arthur Ward

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Healthy Family Nights Coming To Pottstown

 

 


MOSAIC Summer Youth Program Pictures


MOSAIC Community Gardens – IMPORTANT News, Update and Reminders‏

Good morning gardeners,

I hope each of you are having a fabulously-relaxing summer while managing to stay cool and hydrated at this point.

Pick Your Own Plot! – AN URGENT MESSAGE!

There have been cases at both garden where gardeners vegetables are being picked by someone else.  Two gardeners have complained that their produce has been taken by someone else.  THIS IS NOT GOOD.  Many of our gardeners come to the garden regularly and pick their produce on a day and time suitable to them. 

Let’s not be the judge of whether or not they show up.  I have heard from other gardeners, “People aren’t picking their produce.”  Well, our response to that comment, “Give them a chance.”  Gardeners have had cucumbers, zucchini and watermelons taken right from under their families noses.  This is not fair.

Please understand, there are only 4 “community plots” located at the 615 Chestnut Street garden.  And even these plots should not be over-picked as some of the produce will be sold to local restaurants and on our produce cart.  The money will be used to benefit additional community garden initiatives.

Some people are sharing produce with the non-gardeners in our community and we encourage and value what you do.  However, do not allow it to be at the expense of gardeners who tilled, weeded, planted and PAID for their plots!

Water, Water and More Water   

Don’t forget to water your garden plot!  Now is the time of year where garden plots need to be water each day.  A few minutes in the morning or late afternoon will do wonders for your harvest!  Remember to water before 10:00 am or after 3:00 pm in order to not damage your plants.

Also, the garden needs everyone’s help in order to be successful.  Please take a moment to weed an area outside of your plot, water a perimeter plant or sweep the front walkways at the gardens.  The gardens look great but can look so much better if everyone pitches in!

PRODUCE CART – BACK IN BUSINESS!

The MOSAIC Produce Cart will hit the street on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9:00 am – 12:00 PM.  The cart will sell fresh produce from our gardens, donated vegetables from members of the Pottstown Garden Club and local farmers!  There will also be a resource table with loads of Free information to learn more about gardening, health and nutrition!

Produce sales will happen each Saturday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm beginning August 16th and continue each week until we run out of vegetables to sell!J

Spread the word, let all of your neighbors know!

MOVIE NIGHT – ANOTHER GREAT HIT!

Thank you to each of you who joined us to watch the Disney movie “Frozen” last Saturday.  There were bunches of families and loads of kids who showed up to take part in the event!  The balloon artist was there and make dozens of great balloon animals for the kids.  Parents and kids alike shared in the experience and had a great time.  Look forward to another great movie presentation next year!

GARDEN CONTEST – WINNERS (Sponsored by Pine Hill Tree Farms)

Congratulations to this year’s MOSAIC Community Gardens Contest Winners:

Robbin Pineda             1st Place – Ground Gardening

Athena Singer             2nd Place – Ground Gardening

 

Anna Johnson              1st Place – Container Gardening

Ryan Procsal               2nd Place – Container Gardening

 

Vanessa Wyatt                        Honorable Mention

Please take an opportunity to congratulate those helping to make the community just a little bit brighter.

Thank you to the Pottstown Garden Club for judging the event!  We appreciate and value your support each year.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT!

We had an awesome night at the annual National Night Out last night sponsored by Victory Christian Life Center located on Washington Street along with Genesis Housing Corporation and Penn National Bank.  Yesterday we celebrated families, businesses and other who work to support and uplift positivity and non-violence our community.

Thank you to our “Vendor Table Team”  Mindy and Margo for handing out donated Rita’s Water Ice during yesterday’s event!


MOSAIC Community Gardens Have Outgrown Email Updates‏

Howdy Gardeners and Faithful Supporters,

The community gardens are taking root in a huge way in the downtown Pottstown area!

We have tons of regularly scheduled garden days, summer camps, workshops and other events happening at both gardens in the upcoming months.  We will soon have regular office hours planned and posted so anyone who wants to know more about MOSAIC, organic gardening or food nutrition advocacy programs can stop in to learn more!  Our produce cart will be back in rotation again this year each Saturday and/or Sunday and other random days throughout the growing season.

That said, we have outgrown the ability to notify everyone via email of each event as they develop.  The good news is…if you “Like” us of Facebook or visit our site mosaicclt.org you will still be kept up to date with the latest MOSAIC information!

Reminders, such as “Don’t forget to water your plot” and other quick notes will be sent using Facebook as well.

Don’t have a Facebook account???   GET ONE! :)  I say that with all the love of a big, juicy red tomato!

Thanks so much for GROWING with us!  We really appreciate it!

See Ya’ at the Gardens,

Laura Washington


MOSAIC Garden News, Updates and Events

It’s been a great pre-season start to another bountiful year at the community gardens!  Long-lasting partnerships, along with vegetables are flourishing in the gardens…

A group of students from The Hill School volunteered for more than ten weeks in order to lay compost and set up the perimeter garden beds at the new garden, located at 615 Chestnut Street.  Their great effort was created a snowball effect of many community partnerships to get the garden “growing”.

Next up, XL Insurance sent more than 15 employees to lay out 27 garden beds at one garden while laying wood chips in the walking paths, tilling existing garden beds and other great tasks at the other garden.  The group worked until the afternoon moving a “ton” of dirt!

Last but surely not least, the John Middleton Co. through a United Way initiative, sent over 40 employees along with a new shed, gardening tools and building tools to polish off the new garden.  By the time it was all said and done, an 8’ x 10’ shed was build, three new compost bins established, benches were painted and many other tasks completed to seal the deal!

MOSAIC would like to give a warm thanks and a few ripe radishes to The Hill School, XL Insurance, the United Way and John Middleton Co.  In addition, we would like to thank Colonial Gardens, Ryan Procsal, ACE Remodeling, our gardeners and other community volunteers who took the time to help move dirt, donate supplies or just plain ol’ weed the garden!  We could not do it without YOU!

What Do You Got Growin’??

There are plenty beautiful plants growing and growing at each garden.  The tomato plants are beginning to bloom, the blueberry bushes are almost ripe for the picking and the collard green leaves are plentiful enough to create a beautiful side dish!  While gardeners have been planted for a while, others (such as myself) are just getting started!

Check out some pictures of what’s been going on in the garden!

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Are You Looking to Get More Physical?

Miica Patterson and the Mercury Fit for Life Team have geared up to help get Pottstown moving.  They host a 1-mile walk weekly, and yes folks, the walk takes place rain or shine! J  In addition, the Fit for Life initiative focuses on keeping Pottstown informed of many local events and physical activity opportunities.  Visit their Facebook Page at:  http://www.facebook.com/mercfit4life

Snap peaGot Peas? Here is an Awesome, Easy Recipe!

For those of you who have more peas than they can chew, here is a tasty herb and snap pea salad to enjoy as a main dish or a healthy side.

Click on the link for the recipe:  http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/fresh_herb_snap_pea_salad.html

Mark Your Calendars…

Garden Contest

The garden contest deadline dates have been extended!  The deadline for entry is Friday, July 11, judging will take place on Saturday, July 19 and the awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2014.  Contestants can go online to print a form or contact MOSAIC to have one mailed or delivered to their home.

Garden Party – Get to Know MOSAIC

On July 19, MOSAIC will host its first outdoor party at the gardens!  This will be a day of celebration and awareness!  There will be music, food, information and resources about the garden, affordable housing and other great opportunities!  Plan to be at our 423 Chestnut Street garden location, the celebration kicks off at 2 PM!

A few of our experienced gardeners will be hanging out in the garden on Saturday, July 5 from 9 AM – 11 AM.  Stop by to learn more about gardening at the gardens or to share ideas, thoughts or simply make a new friend!


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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